On-Farm Readiness Reviews (OFRR) have been conducted since 2018 to assess farm preparedness nationally for Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule (FSMA PSR) inspections.
Since April 2018 the OFRR anonymous survey has been used at the conclusion of OFRRs completed on farms across all regions of the United States. This survey tracks the FSMA PSR covered practices of the farm, priority areas for improvement, readiness for a FSMA PSR inspection, and the farm needs to meet compliance. The results of this survey are shared with individual states, regional centers and to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA).
1427 OFRRs representing activity in 43 states and one U.S. territory have been completed where the anonymous online survey was used. Farms selling over $500,000 of produce on an average year had 48% (n= 328) meet the FSMA PSR requirements, farms selling between $250,000 and $500,000 had 39% (n=90) meet the FSMA PSR requirements, and farm selling between $25,000 and $250,000 had 27% (n=115) meet the FSMA PSR requirements. Time and technical assistance were the top two priority needs for farms in all size ranges who did not meet the FSMA PSR standards during their OFRR. Time was the highest priority with 37% (n=761) of the farms needing to implement changes to meet the FSMA PSR requirements. Technical assistance was the second priority need for farms with 24% (n=492) requiring it to meet the FSMA PSR requirements.
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