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On Farm Readiness Review is Available for Growers

The On Farm Readiness Review (OFRR) is now available and being offered to Indiana produce growers. The OFRR is a VOLUNTARY assessment of your farm’s readiness to be in compliance with the Produce Safety Rule. This is not an audit or inspection, but a chance for you to have a team of reviewers visit your farm to assess how well your food safety program lines up with the requirements set forth in the Produce Safety Rule.

Once a review is requested, a team consisting of individuals from the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH), the Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA), and Purdue Extension will visit your farm. The review takes approximately two hours. During that time, the team will ask questions and tour your farm in order to:

  1. Determine your coverage under the Produce Safety Rule
  2. Assess your farm’s current state of readiness for ISDH inspections, which will begin in 2019.

The review is completely confidential. No pictures will be taken and all notes from the review team will be left with the grower. The OFRR is available to any farm that has had at least one individual attend a Produce Safety Alliance, or equivalent, grower training. Those interested in scheduling an On Farm Readiness Review should contact ISDH at (317) 476-0056 or ProduceSafety@isdh.in.gov.

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