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Produce Safety Rule Inspection Form 4056 Now Available, Inspections Start Spring 2019

Tuesday, February 12, 2019   (0 Comments)
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The Inspection Form 4056 and other relevant information for Produce Safety Rule (PSR) inspections is finally available from FDA on the Produce Safety Inspections webpage. It is not as detailed as a 3rd party food safety audit form that we are used to such as PrimusLabs, SQF, GlobalGAP, etc. And the only document that could be considered close to a “Questions and Expectation guide” that would give explanation for each question would be the actual Produce Safety Rule

GFVGA staff and the Board of Directors have been working hard to ensure the PSR is a good fit for the produce growing, harvesting, packing and shipping operations in the southeast. However, like most in the industry, many GFVGA members are tired of talking about the PSR and are ready to get-on with inspections and see what this new Rule will bring to the industry. In Georgia, the Georgia Department of Agriculture will be scheduling and performing Produce Safety Rule Inspections. For Georgia contacts and questions, see the Georgia Farm Safety Program website. For states outside of Georgia, click HERE to review the State Produce Implementation Cooperative Agreement Program (CAP) and see the blue states on the map. Any operation with PSR questions can also reach out to Beth Oleson with GFVGA, the FDA's Produce Safety Network, or the Produce Safety Alliance team.
Below are several links to relevant information for all operations subject to the Produce Safety Rule:
  • To find the Produce Safety Inspection Form 4056, click on the link above for PSI page, the scroll down and click on “Inspection-Related Documents”. (NOTE from GFVGA Staff: If a ONE-PAGE document appears saying, “Please wait…”, we recommend two different solutions: 1) follow instructions on the displayed page to upgrade Adobe Reader, or 2) download the document to your computer then open the saved document with Adobe.)
  • Also found under “Inspection-Related Documents” is the Dispute Mitigation And Resolution directive, Field Management Directive 152, that provides a process for resolving differences between FDA and state regulatory authorities during inspections. Dr. Michelle Danyluk, Director of the Southern Center for Produce Safety, stated in an industry-wide email, “I’m hopeful a similar (or more simplified) directive will also be developed if a grower has a dispute with their inspector.”

“What to Expect of a Regulatory Inspection”, FDA Fact Sheet

  • This factsheet reviews protocols for scheduling an inspection, day of inspection, walk through of the farm, and exit interview. It seems to be useful tool for all of us, especially the discussions around announced vs unannounced inspections.

FDA Voice: Paving the Road to Produce Safety Rule Inspections

  • Hear from the Commissioner of FDA, Dr. Scott Gottlieb. He has been a strong, guiding force for the development of industry trainings, necessary preparation for the implementation of the Produce Safety Rule, as well as processing industry concerns and input.

Constituent Update: Additional Resources Support Compliance with the Produce Safety Rule

  • This “news release” is specifically for the produce industry and those affected by the Produce Safety Rule. It contains links to the websites mentioned above as well as the draft guidance for the Produce Safety Rule. This draft guidance is currently open for public comment. GFVGA will be submitting comments about this draft guidance as to what our membership agrees with or likes, what we do not like or agree with, corrections we would like to see, aspects we would like to remain in the final guidance, etc. If anyone has questions about this draft guidance or would like to submit comments to GFVGA and/or on behalf of your operation, please feel free to contact GFVGA’s Beth Oleson, Director of Food Safety.

For questions about the Produce Safety Rule, who is subject to this Federal mandate, or if you have any other non-regulatory food safety questions, please contact Beth Oleson (boleson@pfssinfo.com) at the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association office (706) 845-8200.

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