FSMA Produce Safety Rule or GAPs? The FSMA Produce Safety Rule compliance dates began January 26, 2018 for most requirements, except the agricultural water related requirements. The largest farm businesses have to meet this earliest compliance date, with small and very small farm businesses having an additional one year, and two years (respectively) for most requirements. Now that the first wave of produce farm businesses are becoming regulated for the very first time, I thought it might be … [Read more...]

    4 Reasons to Have a Food Safety Plan You’re busy doing what you do best – and love – growing, beautiful, mouthwatering fruits and veggies.  Who has time for paperwork, right? I hear you! I don’t care how good Your food safety plan is,  if it’s  IN.  YOUR.  HEAD.  it’s only good for the person who has access to it, YOU! I hate to break it to you, but if a food safety plan isn’t documented, it doesn’t count.  Here are 4 reasons to have a food … [Read more...]

  UPDATE 3/23/2016:  The USDA website has been updated and the report is no longer posted on their website. Colorado regulations have also changed, so references to those regulations in the report are also outdated.  BUT the report can still be valuable if you want to get a general idea of how Federal and State of Colorado regulations impact the local food system.  Use this link to access the report --> Food Hubs and Food Safety Regulations.   In 2011, I researched and … [Read more...]