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On-Farm Readiness Review International Training

What is an On-Farm Readiness Review (OFRR)?

The On-Farm Readiness Review is a voluntary program for growers. The program helps to determine readiness of farming community to comply with the Produce Safety Rule (PSR), promotes compliance with the Produce Safety Rule, provides on-farm learning experiences, and helps to identify knowledge gaps.

What happens during an On-Farm Readiness Review?

The team leading the review will guide the farmer to think about their farm operations and practices using Walk Around Questions (WAQ). By using the WAQ, the review team and the farmer can look at the whole farming operation, considering the Produce Safety Rule requirements, and discuss practices occurring on the farm.

What are the benefits of an On-Farm Readiness Review?

  • It is voluntary and free.
  • It helps align what the farmer is doing on the farm to what’s required in the rule.
  • It helps the farmer figure out what they’re missing.
  • It provides personalized discussion on their farm food safety activities.
  • Notes taken by the farmer remain the property of the farmer.
  • It will improve the farmer’s readiness for a PSR inspection.

How can I request an On-Farm Readiness Review for my farm?

FDA will offer a limited number of On-Farm Readiness Reviews (OFRR) in Latin America. Requests (and questions) about On-Farm Readiness Reviews in Latin America can be sent to RequestAnOFRR@fda.hhs.gov.

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