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

Launch of the SSA Sprouter Training Blended Course

On December 14, 2017, SSA launched the SSA Sprouter Training Blended Course.  This course was developed to provide an alternative way for individuals to complete the SSA Sprouter Training course. It consists of two parts. Part 1 is online and Part 2 is a one-day instructor-led course.

For more information about SSA training, please click here.  

SSA Training Curriculum Second Edition Available for Free Download

 Safer Sprout Production for Produce Safety Rule Compliance
This training manual is also available for purchase from the FSPCA Bookstore website.

Post-Training Survey

The alliance is conducting a post-training survey to individuals who have completed the SSA Training.  The feedback will be helpful for planning future resources and training directions. 

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

On January 19, 2017, the FDA issued a “Draft Guidance for Industry: Compliance with and Recommendations for Implementation of the Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption for Sprout Operations”. Sprout growers may submit their comments online on https://www.regulations.gov/ to docket folder FDA-2017-D-0175.

The final FSMA Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption (Produce Safety Rule) was published on November 27, 2015.

Having questions on the FDA Produce Safety Rule?
Please visit the FDA FSMA Technical Assistance Network (TAN) webpage and submit your inquiry through this link: https://cfsan.secure.force.com/Inquirypage/

FDA's Strategy for FSMA Training has published The Preventive Controls Rules for Human Food and Animal Food. More information is listed under the Government Resources Link.

SSA's Accomplishment Highlights

SSA Training Courses Conducted in 2017:

2017

Location

Course Type  

January 10-12

Richmond, CA

Train-The-Trainer Course

January 31-Feburary 2

Miami, FL

Sprouter Training Course

April 11 - 13

Institute for Food Safety
and Health (IFSH)

Sprouter Training Course +
Lead Instructor Combo Course

April 20 - 21

Institute for Food Safety
and Health

Sprouter Training Course

April 27 - 29

Victoria, BC, Canada (in conjunction with ISGA convention)

Sprouter Training Course

 

May 16 – 17

Richmond, VA

Sprouter Training Course

June 7 – 8

Whately, MA

Sprouter Training Course

June 28 – 29 Austin, TX Sprouter Training Course
July 26 –27 Cookeville, TN Sprouter Training Course
August 23 –24 Schaumburg, IL Sprouter Training Course


SSA-FDA Webinar –March 2017

The SSA hosted a FDA webinar “Overview of Draft Guidance to Industry: Compliance with and Recommendations for Implementing FDA’s Produce Safety Rule for Sprout Operations” on March 6, 2017.  This guidance is intended to assist sprout operations subject to the Produce Safety Rule, and primarily focuses on assisting such operations in complying with the sprout-specific requirements in Subpart M.

SSA Training Curriculum Second Edition Finalized- March 2017

SSA-FDA Webinar -2016

The SSA hosted a FDA webinar “Final Rule for Produce Safety: Key Provisions in the Rule” on January 14, 2016.

SSA-FDA Webinar -2015

The SSA hosted a FDA webinar “Implementing the Produce Rule” following a brief presentation about the SSA overview and progress on May 22, 2015.

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.

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