California Avocado Growers Can Now Schedule Produce Safety On-farm Readiness Reviews

  • Jul 13, 2018

In January 2019, the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) Produce Safety Program will begin conducting on-farm inspections to ensure growers are in compliance with the Produce Safety Rule. In an effort to help growers properly prepare for compliance and understand what to expect from a produce safety inspection, the Produce Safety Program is providing California avocado growers with the opportunity to take part in non-regulatory On-Farm Readiness Reviews (OFRR).

Before an agricultural enterprise can schedule an OFRR, one individual employed at the enterprise must have completed an FDA-approved Produce Safety Rule Grower Training course.

The CDFA recommends scheduling the OFRR during harvest periods. To schedule an OFRR, growers should have the following information available:

  • Farm name and location
  • Contact person and contact information
  • Proposed harvest dates

OFRRs can be scheduled via email at producesafety@cdfa.ca.gov or phone at 916.900.5322.

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