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...]

  Choosing the right consultant can be challenging.  You want someone that has experience, industry knowledge, and of course, innovative ideas. No one likes to send their staff to ‘canned’ training programs, hoping they'll walk away knowing how to apply what they've learned.  And it doesn't matter how good the presentation - if you don't know how to use it - it doesn't help your organization much, and you go away feeling frustrated. Same thing goes with hiring a consultant. You … [Read more...]