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Welcome to the Southern Center for FSMA Training

The overall goal of the Southern Center is to build a collaborative infrastructure in the Southern US to support Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) compliant training, education, extension, outreach, and technical assistance as it relates to the produce industry.

Postharvest Water Rule Update 

The FDA announced in March 2017 the intent to review Subpart E of the Produce Safety Rule (PSR) to consider how the requirements for agricultural water might be simplified. The proposal published in December 2021 does not include changes to the harvest and post-harvest requirements for agricultural water. In July 2022, the FDA issued a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking to extend the compliance dates for the pre-harvest agricultural water requirements for non-sprout covered produce.  

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Upcoming Training & Events

Southern Center's Meeting

  • SAVE THE DATE! SC's Semi- Annual Meeting / IAFP 2024 - Long Beach, California- July 14th, 2024.

  • More details and registration coming soon!

 SC meeting save the date flyer IAFP Long Beach 2024


Southern Region Integrated Produce Safety Conference

SRIPS flyer info without registration links

Conference was held in Greenville, SC and gathered a number of organizations, researchers, Extension educators, growers, and regulatory bodies from the Southern region, and a wide variety of topics and the latest approaches relevant to FSMA and produce safety were discussed on.

For more information, event program and presentations, go here: Resources

We are offering -In Person- training courses again, starting in January 2023. Some other training programs have been moved to virtual platforms. 






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