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What to Know About Wildfire and Food Safety

What to Know About Wildfire and Food Safety

Introduction In 2011 the Food Safety Modernization Act was signed into law. Of the many rules in this law, the Produce Safety Rule (PSR) was created to address federal food […]

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Wildfire and Food Safety References

Wildfire and Food Safety References

CAFF’s Wildfire Resilience Program collaborated with the National Farmers Union to create a unique resource called “What to Know About Wildfire & Food Safety”. Be sure to peruse the links […]

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FSMA Inspection Case Study: CDFA FSMA PSP Inspector

FSMA Inspection Case Study: CDFA FSMA PSP Inspector

This interview is part of our Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) case study series. In earlier case studies we interviewed other farmers and they talked about food safety practices they […]

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Food Safety & Wildfires Case Study: Brisa Ranch

Food Safety & Wildfires Case Study: Brisa Ranch

Key Details: Location: San Francisco bay area , near Pescadero Acres in Production: 16 Main Crops: Fruit, vegetables, flowers Wildfire: CZU Complex in 2020 3rd Party Audit(s):  USDA Harmonized GAP […]

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FSMA Inspection Case Study: New Natives Farm

FSMA Inspection Case Study: New Natives Farm

Key Details: Location: California Central Coast Main Crop(s): Microgreens FSMA PSR Inspection: 1/7/2020 3rd Party Audit(s): USDA Harmonized GAP/GMP Certified Organic by National Organic Program: Yes Owners: Ken and Sandra […]

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Food Safety Plan Resources – English

Food Safety Plan Resources – English

You can find our English food safety plan template and corresponding resources on this webpage. Resources are available in free word documents to download or as google docs that you […]

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PC Rule Supplier Verification Guide

PC Rule Supplier Verification Guide

Are you part of a food hub and confused about what Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) food safety requirements you need to require from farmers you source from? Or, are […]

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Small Farm FSMA Series Post 4 of 4

Small Farm FSMA Series Post 4 of 4

SMALL FARM FSMA SERIES – POST 4 of 4 Author: Stepheni Norton, Regional Food Safety Specialist FSMA is serious business, so we have a few disclaimers before we dig in.   […]

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Food Safety Plan Templates in Spanish

Food Safety Plan Templates in Spanish

CAFF’s free food safety plan templates for small farmers are now available in Spanish. The templates can be used by farmers that need to be in compliance with the federal […]

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Plantillas de Planes de Inocuidad Alimentaria en Español

Plantillas de Planes de Inocuidad Alimentaria en Español

Las plantillas gratuitas del plan de seguridad alimentaria de CAFF para pequeños agricultores ya están disponibles en español. Las plantillas pueden ser utilizadas por los agricultores que necesitan cumplir con […]

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NOP/FSMA/3rd Party Audit Food Safety Guide

NOP/FSMA/3rd Party Audit Food Safety Guide

This guide provides charts that give a side-by-side comparison of the similarities and differences between the requirements of the National Organic Program, Food Safety Modernization Act, and 3rd Party Food […]

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Plantillas de Planes de Inocuidad Alimentaria Actualizadas en Español

Plantillas de Planes de Inocuidad Alimentaria Actualizadas en Español

La plantilla gratuita del plan de inocuidad alimentaria de CAFF para pequeños agricultores ha sido actualizada recientemente. La plantilla está orientada a los agricultores que necesitan cumplir con la Ley […]

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PC Rule Guide for Food Hubs and Values-Based Buyers

PC Rule Guide for Food Hubs and Values-Based Buyers

FSMA Supplier Verification Demystified The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is composed of seven main rules or sections. Th common name of one of those sections is the PC or […]

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Small Farm FSMA Series Post 3 of 4

Small Farm FSMA Series Post 3 of 4

Author: Stepheni Norton, San Diego Regional Food Safety Specialist FSMA is serious business, so we have a few disclaimers before we dig in.   Advice provided here is meant for QUALIFIED […]

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Worker Health & Hygiene: FSMA & NOP

Worker Health & Hygiene: FSMA & NOP

This factsheet explains what farms that need to be in full compliance with the federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) need to do to be in compliance with worker health […]

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Wild & Domestic Animals: FSMA & NOP

Wild & Domestic Animals: FSMA & NOP

This factsheet provides an overview of what farms that need to be in full compliance with the federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) need to do to meet wild and […]

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Monitoring Animals: FSMA & NOP

Monitoring Animals: FSMA & NOP

This factsheet provides an overview of what a farm that needs to be in full compliance with the federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) needs to do in regards to […]

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Land Use: FSMA & NOP

Land Use: FSMA & NOP

This factsheet provides an overview of what farms that need to be in full compliance with the federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) need to do in regards to their […]

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Soil Amendments from Animals: FSMA & NOP

Soil Amendments from Animals: FSMA & NOP

This factsheet explains what farms that need to be in full compliance with the federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) need to do with their soil amendments of animal origin […]

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Written Plans: FSMA & NOP

Written Plans: FSMA & NOP

This factsheet discusses an overview of what farms need to have for a written food safety plan if their need to be in full compliance with FSMA. There is also […]

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Recordkeeping: FSMA & NOP

Recordkeeping: FSMA & NOP

This factsheet explains the records farms that need to be in full compliance with FSMA must have and compares those vs. what records are required for the national organic program […]

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FSMA 101 vs. Organic Regulations

FSMA 101 vs. Organic Regulations

This factsheet provides an overview of the three farm categories within the federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and relates that food safety regulation to the national organic program (NOP) […]

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New FDA Guidance on FSMA Qualified Exempt Requirements During Covid

New FDA Guidance on FSMA Qualified Exempt Requirements During Covid

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released temporary guidance on the requirements that farms must meet to be considered qualified exempt under the Federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). […]

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Farm Tough First Aid Kit

Farm Tough First Aid Kit

Most standard first aid kits you can buy do not come with supplies that are tough enough to withstand farming activities. CAFF created this Farm Tough First Aid Kit resource […]

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On-Farm Food Safety Webinar

On-Farm Food Safety Webinar

On 4/8/20 CAFF gave a webinar answering dozens of questions on on-farm food safety related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Judith Redmond from Full Belly Farm shared some tips and other […]

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New CAFF Resource: How to Run CSA Pick Up Sites during COVID-19

New CAFF Resource: How to Run CSA Pick Up Sites during COVID-19

CAFF has created a new resource for farmers that have Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) pick up locations. The guide has tips for farmers and a sign that farmers could post […]

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On-Farm COVID-19 Food Safety Info & FAQs

On-Farm COVID-19 Food Safety Info & FAQs

By: Kali Feiereisel, MPH Senior Manager, Farmer Services   Last updated: April 7th, 2020 We realize this is a time of great uncertainty and anxiety. Hopefully this blog post can […]

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Small Farm FSMA Series – Part 2 of 4

Small Farm FSMA Series – Part 2 of 4

Not Covered ≠ No Paperwork By: Stepheni Norton, San Diego Regional Food Safety Specialist Last Updated: March 19th, 2020 Basic record keeping to prove you’re not covered farm status. FSMA […]

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Small Farm FSMA Series – Part 1 of 4

Small Farm FSMA Series – Part 1 of 4

The 1 Thing Every Farm Must Do By: Stepheni Norton, San Diego Regional Food Safety Specialist Last Updated March 19th, 2020 Regardless of size, every farm must perform a self-assessment […]

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FSMA Produce Safety Rule Inspection Updates

FSMA Produce Safety Rule Inspection Updates

Looking to learn more about when and how Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Inspections will happen in California? Read this blog post to learn about the current timeline […]

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Value-Added Products Regulatory Overview

Value-Added Products Regulatory Overview

Farms and food businesses processing foods into value-added products such as tomato sauce, salsa, and hot sauce need to be aware of the various state and federal food safety regulations […]

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Processed Food Registration Permit

Processed Food Registration Permit

Interested in preserving fresh farm crops into tomato sauce, pickles, and other canned products? In California you need to be aware of value-added product food safety regulations affiliated with these […]

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Cannery License Program

Cannery License Program

Farmers and food business makers processing raw agricultural products into shelf stable canned products may need to be in compliance with the California Cannery License Program. We have a pdf […]

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FSMA Diagrama de flujo Español

FSMA Diagrama de flujo Español

¿Me afectan Las Nuevas Normas de INOCUIDAD ALIMENTARIA según el ACTA DE MODERNIZACIÓN DE INOCUIDAD ALIMENTARIA? Un Diagrama de Flujo para Agricultores y Empresas de Alimentos.

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Farming with Food Safety and Conservation

Farming with Food Safety and Conservation

Food-borne illness linked to pathogens in meat, processed food, and produce has led to increased attention to food safety issues at all points along the supply chain, including the farm. […]

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FAQ: Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)

FAQ: Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)

New NSAC Food Safety Modernization Act Resource: Food Safety Training Requirements for Produce Farms If my farm is fully subject to FSMA do I need to schedule an inspection? No. If your […]

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Post-harvest Resources

Post-harvest Resources

Postharvest Area Design: Ideal Wash & Pack Facility Layout – This resource created by Cornell University reviews important concepts and best practices that can applied to all sorts of postharvest farm […]

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Requirements for Farms that Must Fully Comply with FSMA: Part 2

Organic agricultural professionals are invited to join the CCOF Foundation and Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) for a series of webinars on how the new federal food safety regulations […]

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Co-management & Food Safety

Co-management & Food Safety

Co-management on-farm involves balancing food safety practices with preservation of biodiversity, which allows growers to produce safe food while maintaining habitat and protecting soil and water quality. Learn more in […]

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Webinar: Does FSMA apply to your Farm?

*Update 12/5/17* The slide with FSMA full exemptions mentions that farms with less than $25,000 in annual produce sales are fully exemption from FSMA. This is correct. We may not […]

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