Welcome to the Sprout Safety Alliance Online
The Sprout Safety Alliance (SSA), a public-private alliance, is developing a core curriculum, training and outreach programs for stakeholders in the sprout production community to enhance the industry's understanding and implementation of best practices for improving sprout safety, and requirements for sprout producers in the upcoming rule on standards for produce safety required by the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
FDA Webinar Hosted by SSA
The Sprout Safety Alliance (SSA) hosted a FDA webinar “Implementing the Produce Rule” on May 22, 2015. Following a brief presentation about the SSA overview and progress, Ms. Fazila Shakier, co-lead of Phase Two FSMA Produce Implementation Workgroup, Division of Produce Safety in CFSAN/FDA, provided an overview of FDA's current thinking on the operational strategy for implementation of the Produce Safety Rule, “Implementing the Produce Rule”. Please click the links below for the webinar materials:
Upcoming SSA Training Program
The SSA Educational/Outreach Working Group is developing a sprout safety training program. Extension Specialists of Land-Grand Universities, Training Directors/Managers from individual states are welcomed to join the working group, to discuss projected training materials and protocols. Please contact the SSA if you are interested.
Newly updated information on FSMA Proposed Rule for Produce Safety
More information related to sprout growing operations is listed under the Government Resources Link.
Successful pilot training / feedback session hosted by SSA in California
The Sprout Safety Alliance (SSA), in collaboration with the California Department of Public Health and the Food and Drug Administration, recently conducted a pilot training/feedback session for sprout growers in August 2014. For more details, see the Training Session Slides below:
- SSA Overview and Progress - Robin Kalinowski
- Sprout Safety Hazards - Robin Kalinowski
- Best Practices for Safe Sprout Production - Jay Louie
- Seed Sourcing, Receiving, and Storage - Kaiping Deng
- Sampling and Testing of Spent Irrigation Water - Tong-Jen Fu
SSA Continues to Make Progress on Training Development Activities....
For a comprehensive timeline of SSAs seminal accomplishments and events, Click here.
FDA honors SSA with Award!
Participants in the SSA were recognized at the 53rd Annual FDA Honor Awards Ceremony with the Group Recognition Award. This award recognizes “superior achievement of the Agency’s mission through teamwork, partnership, shared responsibility, or fostering collaboration and coalition to achieve FDA goals.” The development of the training programs and curriculum is a truly collaborative effort between the sprout industry, academia and federal, state and local government representatives, and the SSA team is honored to be recognized for their hard work.