What is an On-Farm Readiness Review (OFRR)?
On-Farm Readiness Reviews (OFRRs) are designed to help fresh produce growers feel prepared and ready for a full implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). They allow growers to walk through their operation with a small team of food-safety experts and discuss how to meet the new FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements.
What are the benefits of an OFRR?
To begin, On-Farm Readiness Reviews are free, voluntary, and completely confidential, and any notes taken by the reviewers are left on the farm. OFRRs are an inexpensive option for growers to gain a further understanding of the food safety laws.
OFRRs facilitate a discussion between the grower and educator on the Produce Safety Rule, and allow the grower to walk through their operation and verify whether or not they are meeting the requirements. The information covered during an OFRR is tailored to the growers specific farm, so only relevant sections of the rule are discussed.
At the end of an OFRR, the reviewers will suggest the top 3 ways the farm can improve their food-safety practices, making it easy for growers to prioritize what needs to be done. The primary goal of an OFRR is to leave growers feeling more relaxed, prepared, and confident for a full implementation of FSMA.
How do I sign up?
This OFRR sign up link will take you to a questionnaire, where you will be asked some basic questions about your farm. The questionnaire will only take about 5-10 minutes to complete. Afterwards, you will be contacted with potential dates and times that are available to schedule the OFRR.
Before signing up, we highly recommend attending a Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training. This will give you a solid foundation of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements, which will be extremely helpful during your OFRR.
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