California Avocado Growers Can Now Schedule Produce Safety On-farm Readiness Reviews
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at 916.900.5322.