Alongside the South Carolina Department of Agriculture, Clemson Extension will be hosting Grower Training Courses. The Grower Training Course was developed by the Produce Safety Alliance at Cornell University, so that farms will be able to comply with the new requirements outlined in the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA). Contained in FSMA is the Final Rule on Produce Safety. This rule establishes unprecedented, science-based standards for the farming of fruits and vegetables that are intended for human consumption.
In order to comply with the Final Rule on Produce Safety, "at least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration," (FDA).
Instruction will last around 7 hours and will cover seven modules:
There will be time alotted for questions as well as sharing experiences related to produce safety during the course, so please come prepared with your experiences and any questions you may have.
Participants of this course will be eligible to receive a certificate from the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) that verifies completion of the course.
All farms are required to follow the guidelines within the Produce Safety Rule as well as have at least one supervisor or responsible party of the farm. By attending and completing the Grower Training course you will learn how to comply with the regulations, and will also be complying with the requirement to have a supervisor with approved produce safety training. Farms of different sizes will have different compliance dates, which are generally outlined here:
For more in depth information about compliance dates, click here.