Upcoming presentations by the Produce Safety Alliance on the Food Safety Modernization Act are scheduled to include question and answer sessions on topics ranging from animal incursions to recordkeeping.

The alliance is a collaborative project between Cornell University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Food and Drug Administration. Formed in 2010, the alliance is funded by a three-year, $1.15 million grant from the Agricultural Marketing Service.

As part of its mission to help growers and shippers understand and comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act, the alliance set up eight question and answer sessions. The live sessions are recorded and posted on the alliance website for review at http://tinyurl.com/FSMA-questions.

The upcoming sessions are all scheduled for 11 a.m. Eastern time. Dates and topics are:

  • May 3: Domestic & Wild Animals;
  • May 6: Growing, Harvesting, Packing & Holding Activities;
  • May 8: Equipment, Tools, Buildings & Sanitation;
  • May 10: Health, Hygiene, & Training of Workers; and
  • May 13: Recordkeeping, Compliance & Enforcement.

Previous sessions available on the alliance website for review covered exemptions to the act, agricultural water and soil amendments.