Welcome to the Sprout Safety Alliance Online
The Sprout Safety Alliance (SSA), a public-private alliance, will develop 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).
Successful 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. More than 30 individuals representing sprout growers, testing service labs and California state inspectors participated in the session. The training focused on best practices for improving the safety of sprouts, and included content on Sprout Safety Hazards, Seed Sourcing, and Spent Irrigation Water Testing. The training incorporated a presentation by Dr. Annemarie Buchholz, a Consumer Safety Officer with the Produce Safety Staff at FDA, on the FDA‘s proposed rule on produce safety. Jay Louie of Louie International Foods provided an Industry Perspective, which spurred some great discussion among the sprout growers, government representatives, and technical experts in attendance. Feedback from the participants after the training has been overwhelmingly positive. The SSA Education and Outreach Committee will be reviewing the feedback received for use in improving the curriculum and training protocols currently in development. For more details, see the Training Session Slides below:
SSA Given Award by FDAFDA honors SSA with Group Recognition 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.
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Sprout testing discussed in Food Quality Magazine article...
Recommendations for testing during sprout production were discussed in a recent article featured in Food Quality Magazine and written by Stephen Grove, Coordinator of the Sprout Safety Alliance. Click here for the full article.