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California produce growers can now sign up for on-farm readiness reviews to help them prepare for official produce safety inspections that will start in 2019.

With a website in place by the California Department of Food and Agriculture, the agency said the non-regulatory reviews are designed to give farmers a better understanding of what they can expect from a routine produce safety inspection.

In order to schedule a On-Farm Readiness Reviews, the agency said growers first need to have completed Produce Safety Alliance grower training.

In addition, the agency said it is preferable for growers to schedule an on-farm readiness review during harvest periods.

Growers can contact CDFA at producesafety@cdfa.ca.gov or 916-900-5322 to schedule a review.

Sonia Salas, director of science and technology for Irvine, Calif.-based Western Growers, said the association also offers members a self-assessment and checklist, which are available at www.wga.com/fsma.

The web portal offers information on the new FSMA rules, industry web seminars to better understand each rule, compliance dates and other resources.

 
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