Georgia Department of Agriculture

Produce Safety Program

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Produce Safety Program Information

Farm Safety

Brad Bush
Produce Safety Program Manager
John.bush@agr.georgia.gov
Tel: (229) 386-3488

Susan Alexander
Produce Safety Program Associate
Susan.alexander@agr.georgia.gov
Tel: (229) 386-3488

Emily Menno
Produce Safety Education and Outreach Coordinator
emily.menno@agr.georgia.gov
Tel: (229) 646-6587

Vision:
The vision for the Georgia Produce Safety Program is to ensure the safe growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of fruits and vegetables grown for human consumption through a combined educational and regulatory inspection strategy.

Mission:
The mission of the Georgia Produce Safety Program is to implement, measure, and improve an integrated, risk-based, produce safety system focusing on prevention, intervention, response, and education activities of Georgia Farms that fall under the FDA Produce Safety Rule.

About the Program:
The Georgia Produce Safety Program was established in 2013 to begin developing partnerships and relationships with Georgia farmers in preparation for new regulatory requirements for produce safety under the Food Safety Modernization Act enacted by the U.S. Congress. The Produce Safety Rule establishes, for the first time, science-based minimum standards for the safe growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of fruits and vegetables grown for human consumption. It is the intent of the Georgia Department of Agriculture to work closely with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in the implementation and enforcement of this rule.

Education and Outreach Opportunities:
If your farm or association is interested in learning more about the Produce Safety Rule and how the Georgia Department of Agriculture may work with farmers, please contact the Georgia Produce Safety Education and Outreach Coordinator, Emily Menno at (emily.menno@agr.georgia.gov).

The Georgia Produce Safety Program has a number of training and outreach materials available free of charge to all interested farmers or consumers. Upcoming Trainings:

Training for Farmers and Growers on Produce Safety Rules

Georgia Water Systems Workshop

Flyer:Water Systems Workshop Registration Flyer
When: November 8, 2022
Where: UGA Livestock Arena
Address: 2600 S Milledge Ave , GA 30605
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Cost: $25 exact cash or check the morning of event
Registration link: https://tinyurl.com/WSWUGA

Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Grower Training

When: January 5th, 2023
Where: 1 International Drive, Savannah, GA 31421
Contact Information: Beth Oleson (706) 845-8200
                                     Emily Menno (229) 646-6587
Time: 7:45 AM - 5:15 PM
Cost: $60 + Conference Registration
Registration link: https://seregionalconference.org/registration-3/
** Must be registered for the conference to register for the Grower Training course.  


 
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The best way to protect Georgia's produce is by working together. Please assist us by identifying your farm and providing your contact information in order to receive important tips and updates regarding the implementation of the Produce Safety Rule. Contact Rachel Futch at rachel.futch@agr.georgia.gov to sign up for an On Farm Readiness Review or with any questions.

Funding for this program, statement, publication, press release, etc. was made possible, in part, by the Food and Drug Administration through grant PAR-16-137. The views expressed in written materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does any mention of tradenames, commercial practices, or organization imply endorsement by the United States Government.

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