Food Safety Inspections of Large Farms to Begin in Spring
The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) Produce Safety Program will begin scheduling on-farm food safety inspections for a number of large fruit, nut and vegetable farms beginning in April. The inspections are part of the new Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and are designed to ensure California farmers are in compliance with the Produce Safety Rule.
As part of the process, the CDFA has sent an informative letter and questionnaire to farmers throughout the state. The questionnaire will be used to secure background information about the farms and to coordinate inspections. This spring, only large farms will be subject to inspections. Large farms are defined as those with $500,000 or more in average annual sales. Small farms (those with annual sales between $250,000 - $500,000) will not be inspected until next year. Very small farms (those with sales between $25,000 - $250,000) are not required to comply until January 2020.