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On-Farm Readiness Review (OFRR): The Next Step in Preparing for FSMA's Produce Safety Rule

In Virginia, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) is enforcing the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule. The FSMA Produce Safety Rule is a regulatory rule by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that sets the science-based minimum standards for the safe growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of fruits and vegetables. To help prepare for the regulation, operations can choose to have an On-Farm Readiness Review (OFRR). VDACS has partnered with Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) to perform OFRRs in Virginia. The OFRR is a program designed specifically to help produce operations align their food safety practices with the FSMA Produce Safety Rule, and be prepared for an inspection by VDACS. The OFRR team is made up of one member each from VDACS and VCE. The program lasts no longer than 2 hours, is 100% confidential, and completely free. DS Color 24#, 2 pages

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