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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 Meeting

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Southern Region Integrated Produce Safety Conference

SRIPS 2024 Conference Registration Info

Please register HERE! and join us to hear the latest approaches on produce safety from a number of organizations, researchers, Extension educators, growers, and regulatory bodies from the Southern region, on a wide variety of topics relevant to FSMA and more.

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

  • HACCP for Florida Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Packinghouse- Jan. 22-25, 2024 - Remote/ Registration link:
  • PSA Advanced Training.  Feb. 6-8, 2024, Lake Alfred, FL





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