CHIPPEWA FALLS –The Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) was created in 2014 to address food safety concerns and give farmers a set of standards for safe growing, harvesting, packing and holding practices. Wisconsin Farmers Union invites farmers to learn more about the Produce Safety rule established under FSMA during an April 7 informational session in Green Bay.
Join us for peer-to- peer learning about how to make sure your farm is compliant. Attendees will learn what produce on their farm is covered and subject to the Produce Safety Rule under FSMA.
The training will begin at 10am and ends at noon with an informal networking lunch. The workshop will be in Room 107 of the Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Landscape Horticulture Building, located on the grounds of the Green Bay Botanical Garden at 2594 Larsen Rd., Green Bay.
The cost is $15 for WFU members or $30 for nonmembers, which includes lunch.
This is the first in a series of workshops WFU will be hosting. The nonprofit family farm organization has received a grant from National Farmers Union and the Local Food Safety Collaborative to put together workshops around the state and a field day this summer. Watch for more details to be released soon on those events.
The next step for the FDA and for the states will be to set guidelines and procedures for the inspections that are expected to accompany the Produce Safety rule. At this time there is nothing in place that states what the inspections will consist of or how often they will happen. This will be up to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture and Consumer Protection. There are several compliance dates that have been set for different components of the regulations.
Please note this training is meant to be informational only and will not include Produce Safety rule training certification. RSVPs are appreciated but not required. For details, contact Kirsten Slaughter at 608-514- 2031 or [email protected]