Welcome to the Sprout Safety Alliance Online

The Sprout Safety Alliance (SSA), a public-private alliance, develops a core curriculum, training and outreach programs for stakeholders in the sprout production community to enhance the industry's understanding and implementation of the requirements in the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, and best practices for improving sprout safety.

SSA News

  • SSA Sprout Grower 2-day Training in Spanish:

    The SSA Sprout Grower 2-day Training in Spanish was conducted on January 8-9, 2019 in San Fernando CA. The next Spanish course will be scheduled upon request.
  • Launch of the SSA Sprout Grower Training Blended Course:

    On December 14, 2017, SSA launched the SSA Sprout Grower Training Blended Course.  This course was developed to provide an alternative way for individuals to complete the SSA Sprout Grower Training course. It consists of two parts. Part 1 is online and Part 2 is a one-day instructor-led course. For upcoming SSA trainings, please click here
  • SSA Technical Assistance Network (TAN):

    SSA TAN was created for individuals to submit a sprout safety related technical question to the SSA Food Safety Experts. 

News on FDA Rules and Guidance

  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published in the Federal Register a proposed rule to establish a laboratory accreditation program for food testing as required by the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act.  This proposed rule outlines the procedures and standards that accreditation bodies and laboratories would need to follow to participate in the program, as well as procedures for how FDA would manage and oversee the program.  The proposed rule would help ensure that certain food testing of importance to public health produces reliable and valid test results, and, in turn, improve FDA’s capability to protect U.S. consumers from unsafe food. (Link: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/11/04/2019-23870/laboratory-accreditation-for-analyses-of-foods)
  • The FDA issued draft guidance to provide recommendations to those in the sprout seed industry to help reduce food safety hazards in the production of seed used for sprouting.  This guidance, titled "Reducing Microbial Food Safety Hazards in the Production of Seed for Sprouting," is intended to provide food safety recommendations for those that grow, condition, pack, hold or distribute seed for sprouting.

SSA Training Accomplishments

Training Summary (from August 1, 2016 to October 31, 2019)

Courses Held

Sprout Grower Training and Lead Instructor Combo Course

2

Lead Instructor Course

2

Sprout Grower 2-day Training Course

11

Sprout Grower 2-day Training Course in Spanish

1

Sprout Grower and Lead Instructor Training Combo Blended Course

2

Sprout Grower Training Blended Course

5

Sprout Growers Trained 

Sprout Operations

99

Individual Sprout Growers Trained

147

Regulators Trained

Federal Regulators Trained

61

State Regulators Trained

95

International Regulators Trained

1

Sprout Retailers Trained

Supermarket Chains Food Safety Manager Trained

3

SSA Lead Instructors Trained

SSA Lead Instructor Candidates Trained

40

SSA Lead Instructors Approved

28

International SSA Lead Instructors Approved

5


For more details about SSA Accomplishments, please click here.