On May 14 WIFSS held an online training course on the foundations of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), co-management, FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements, and details on how to develop an effective on-farm food safety plan.
Historically, animal health officials in the western states responding to invasive foreign animal diseases (FAD) such as high-pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) and virulent Newcastle disease (vND) have reported that disease control efforts are significantly hampered by industry’s lack of preparation. Specifically, animal and poultry rearing and processing operations cannot support regulatory goals because they simply can’t quickly implement enhanced biosecurity plans and cooperate in monitoring and reporting programs.
WIFSS is set to offer one of the first remote deliveries of the official PSA Grower training course for specialty crop growers in California. The course is scheduled to be delivered on Thursday, May 14, 2020 via Zoom webinar, and will be co-taught by David Goldenberg of WIFSS, Michele Jay-Russell of WCFS, and Donna Clements of PSA.
The safety and nourishment of our families is a top priority, making the COVID-19 outbreak an important time to review the recommended steps for food safety whether cooking at home or getting takeout.
Dr. Pramod Pandey who is a faculty member and cooperative extension specialist at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine focuses on better ways to manage dairy waste material for both large and small farms. WIFSS worked with Dr. Pandey to produce a video highlighting his research on dairy digesters and bio-gas.
Livestock ranches and fresh produce farms in California are among the most highly regulated commodities in the country, but confusion often exists about what each community does to assure food safety. Good neighbor workshops brought farmers, scientists and regulators together to strengthen produce safety.
WIFSS is assessing the readiness and needs of the California specialty crop food processing industry.
WIFSS is serving the needs of the farming community by helping meet FSMA training requirements and is offering a series of 20 Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Grower Training Courses on behalf of the California Department of Food & Agriculture (CDFA). The training courses run through June 2019 and are offered in English and Spanish.
As wildfire season rages along the west coast, wrecking havoc on rural communities from California to Washington state, there is no better time to learn how to prepare, manage, and plan for disasters. In an ongoing partnership with RDPC and The Department of Homeland Security, WIFSS trained a diverse group of professionals on creating a thorough disaster preparedness and response plan.
Finding real world solutions to issues facing Sweden and the U.S. from threats of agroterrorism is the driving force behind the WIFSS-Sweden partnership. A three-member delegation of Swedish government officials met with WIFSS personnel in April as part of an ongoing collaboration to better understand the dangers and vulnerability of antagonistic threats to food and agriculture.