Hawaii Produce Safety Program

 

Outreach and Education for Hawai‘i Fruit and Vegetable Growers

The Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA) is working with the FDA to provide outreach and education to Hawaii fruit and vegetable growers who will be impacted by the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and has been awarded a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to build the program to promote understanding of the Produce Safety Rule.

The Produce Safety Rule

The Rule establishes, for the first time, science-based minimum standards for the safe growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of fruits and vegetables grown for human consumption. Some key requirements of the Rule are in: agricultural water; biological soil amendments; domesticated and wild animals; worker training and health & hygiene; equipment, tools and buildings; and record keeping. For a quick reference to the Produce Safety Rule, see FSMA PSR Key Requirements.

Just beginning to learn about the Produce Safety Rule? Here are some good starting points:

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Trainings

Under the Produce Safety Rule, every produce farm must have an individual employed who has completed an FDA-approved Produce Safety Rule Grower Training course. This course provides training to ensure a responsible party employed by the farm understands the required food safety practices. It need only be taken once; however, the certificate of completion belongs to the individual and not the farm.

HDOA’s Produce Safety Program has partnered with the University of Hawaii at Manoa Cooperative Extension Farm Food Safety Outreach program to deliver the training. To be notified when new training become available please contact Hawaii Produce Safety Program Manager, Luisa F. Castro at luisac@hawaii.edu or at (808) 974-4130.

Additional dates will be posted here when they are set. Past training workshops have been presented in the following locations:

  • February 2017 –  Honolulu, Oahu
  • April 2017 –  Hilo, Hawai‘i
  • September 2017 – Kaunakakai, Molokai
  • November 2017 – Pearl City, Oahu
  • February 2018 – Kealakekua, Hawai‘i
  • March 2018 – Lihue, Kauai
  • July  27th, 2018– Honoka‘a, Hawai‘i
  • December 14, 2018 – Kahlului, Maui
  • March 1, 2019 – Waimea, Hawai‘i
  • March 20, 2019 – Kilauea, Kauai

Covered or Exempt from the Law?

How do I know if I am covered or exempt from the law?

Below is a decision tree to help you determine if you are covered or exempt. Please contact us if you have any questions or need any clarification.

Compliance Dates

Below is a timeline of when farms will begin their inspection, based on size of the farm determined by the average amount of produce sales.

Contact

If you are a producer or operator with questions or concerns about FSMA or produce safety, we want to hear from you! Contact Hawaii Department of Agriculture at (808) 832-0700.