Sparks, NV - November 29, 2016
Thanks to a grant from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Health and Human Services, the Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) will offer training, workshops and technical assistance to Nevada farmers to aid in the prevention of produce-related food safety outbreaks throughout the state. Through this grant, the NDA will receive nearly $2 million over five years to help farmers comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule (PSR) guidelines.
support we can provide thanks to this grant will be an asset to farmers and
community members,” said Ashley Jeppson, program manager, said. “Over the five-year
period, we will implement a produce safety program, share our safety efforts
with the public and create educational resources to address the specific needs
of Nevada growers.”
To fulfil the FSMA PSR regulations, the NDA will capture farm inventory data to develop an education and enforcement program that represents the needs of Nevada’s produce industry. The NDA will also provide assistance to Nevada farms on industry recognized best practices for minimizing food safety risks.
was signed into law in 2011, and requires farmers to take steps to eliminate
hazards when growing fruits and vegetables. The law mandates operations that grow
produce commonly consumed raw to implement and monitor a food safety control
Department of Agriculture (NDA) promotes a
business climate that is fair, economically viable and encourages an
environmental stewardship that serves to protect food, fiber and human health
and safety through effective service and education. NDA includes the divisions
of Administration, Animal Industry, Consumer Equitability, Food and Nutrition
and Plant Industry.