FDA Produce Safety Rule


This project is funded by the State and Territory Cooperative Agreement to Enhance Produce Safety in Preparation of Implementation of FDA’s Rule: Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption, through FDA grant 1U18FD005810-01 (CFDA #93.102- Food and Drug Administration Research.)

Project Goals:
The project established a coalition of produce and food safety experts, from within Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) and Iowa State University.  Steering committee members and sub awardees provide the leadership, policy and technical expertise needed to complete jurisdictional self-assessments, planning, farm inventory, infrastructure development, multi-year planning, education and outreach and technical assistance, and any needed legislative research.  The goal is compilation of an inventory, assessments needs, training, and a strategic plan for alignment of state programs and activities with FDA’s PSR.

Upcoming Trainings

What is the training:
Produce Safety Alliance Information

The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in § 112.22(c) that requires ‘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.’  Get more information about the PSA course here.

For Who:
The PSA courses are designed for growers of fruits and vegetables.  If you are a fruit or vegetable processor, please click here for more information about the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance trainings. 

How Much:
$20 for Iowa growers.  $120 for out of state growers.
Fee includes PSA manual, certificate of completion, and lunch.

Registration for the PSA classes is now open.  To register with a credit card, go to the Events page (use the menu on the left) and click on the preferred training.  To register by check, download the registration form and mail it in.  If you are unable to download the form, please email us at Iowafsma@iastate.edu or call 515-294-6773, and we will send you a paper registration form.  
psa registration.pdf


It is strongly recommended individuals with little to no previous Good Agricultural Practices experience or education view the Iowa GAP I videos prior to attendance.  The videos can be accessed free of charge. 
It would also be helpful to be familiar with the content of these videos:
https://extension.psu.edu/what-is-the-food-safety-modernization-act-fsma (5 minutes)
https://extension.psu.edu/fsma-am-i-eligible-for-exemptions (10 minutes)


To see a map of where trainings are being held, click here.

November 2
Webster County
217 South 25th St., Ste. C12; Fort Dodge, IA 50501

November 9
Shelby County
Farmtable Procurement and Delivery
1901 Hawkeye Ave, Harlan, Iowa 51537

Nov 16
Woodbury County
4728 Southern Hills Drive, Sioux City IA 51106

December 7
Winneshiek County
1527 Hwy. 150; South; Calmar, IA

January 11
Warren County
909 East Second Ave, Suite E; Indianola, IA

February 1
Wapello County
13011 120th Avenue, Ottumwa, IA

February 9
Linn County
383 Collins Road NE, Suite 201
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402

March 8
O’Brien County
NCC-603 West Park Street; Building C; Room 304
Sheldon, IA

March 29
Cerro Gordo County
601 S Illinois Avenue
Mason City, IA 50401


Team members

Angela Shaw, PhD
Associate professor of Food Science and Human Nutrition  


Paul Ovrom
State Horticulturist, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship

Lakshman Rajagopal, PhD
Associate professor of Apparel, Events & Hospitality Management

Shannon Coleman, PhD
Assistant professor of Food Science and Human Nutrition

Joe Hannan
Extension Field Specialist, Agriculture

Smaranda Andrews, PhD
Extension Program Specialist, Food Science and Human Nutrition

Linda Naeve
Extension Program Specialist, Value Added Agriculture

Teresa Wiemerslage
Extension Program Coordinator, Local Foods Team

Manreet Bhullar
Graduate Research Assistant, Food Science and Human Nutrition