Produce Safety

 
Sell With Confidence

With the Nebraska Produce Safety Program, you can build more trust with every potential buyer that comes your way. Just fill out our Produce Farm Survey to register, and complete optional trainings, reviews or inspections to help us reduce the risk of food contamination. No matter how far you go, you’ll be able to display a Nebraska Produce Safety label that gives customers confidence in every purchase.

 

Already Registered?
Be sure to log in to your online profile to make sure all of your information is up to date! Online profiles help market your produce on the Nebraska Farmers Market Online Database.

Not a grower, but looking for local produce?
The Nebraska Farmers Market Online Database provides a list of farmers markets as well as local produce growers selling fresh, local produce close to you!

The Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule
The goal of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule (FSMA PSR) was not to just contain food-borne outbreaks, but prevent them from occurring in the first place. As of Jan. 26, 2016, the PSR is in effect and certain farms must be compliant within a few years of this date.

What is the new rule and what does it mean to be covered by it?
The FDA Produce Safety Rule (PSR) is part of FSMA and focuses on science-based minimum standards for safe production and harvesting of fruits and vegetables grown for human consumption.

FSMA Produce Safety Alliance Grower training is being offered online on various dates. For more information, click here. *Participants will only be eligible for the PSA/AFDO Certificate of Course Completion if they are present for all modules of the course.*

Upcoming Produce Safety Alliance Trainings
Date Location Cost Additional Information
Monday, November 8, 2021 Lancaster County Extension Office $15/person Seating is limited – reserve your spot today! Contact Caitlyn Andrews at caitlyn.andrews@nebraska.gov for more information.

To determine where your farm falls under the Produce Safety Rule, use FDA's decision tree, a step-by-step guide on coverages/exemptions to the PSR. View NDA's breakdown of the decision tree.

The PSR has specific record keeping requirements for produce growers.

Water quality: The final rule adopts the general approach to water quality proposed in the supplemental rule, with some changes. The final rule establishes two sets of criteria for microbial water quality, both of which are based on the presence of generic E. coli, which can indicate the presence of fecal contamination.

Testing: The final rule adopts the general approach to testing untreated water used for certain purposes proposed in the supplemental notice, with some changes. The rule still bases testing frequency on the type of water source (i.e. surface or ground water). For more information, click here.

Caitlyn Andrews, Produce Safety Program Specialist
Caitlyn Andrews I grew up in a small town in Oklahoma, showing pigs, competing in rodeos, and helping my dad raise cattle. I was the youngest of four. After high school, I attended Oklahoma State University and majored in agricultural education. Shortly after college, I moved to northwest Arkansas to be with my husband, Trey, and work for Walmart Corporate offices. I did food safety for Walmart until 2013, when we moved to Charleston, South Carolina. I worked as a hotel food safety coordinator until 2016 when we moved to Lincoln. I began work with the Nebraska Department of Agriculture in August of 2016 and became the produce safety program specialist in February 2017.

When I’m not working, I spend time with my daughter, Anneliese, 5, and son, Ari, 2, as well as my husband and two dogs. I enjoy biking, running, crochet, traveling, and spending time outdoors. Baked goods are always a favorite so you can often find me baking cookies or cakes in my kitchen with my kids.

Casey Foster, Ag Program Manager
Casey Foster I have been at the Nebraska Department of Agriculture since 1999. During this time, I have been advising and directing Nebraska growers and companies interested in marketing their agricultural products in international and domestic markets. I write proposals and administer federal programs that utilize funds to promote Nebraska’s specialty crop industry. I work with approximately 450 specialty crop growers and several industry organizations and companies every year in an effort to improve and expand Nebraska’s agricultural industry. I also serve on four commodity boards.

My hobbies include public speaking, sports cars, gardening and traveling. I am married to my wife, Marcia, and we have one son, Evan. I have a 1999 Ford Mustang and two cats. I grew up on a farm near Friend, Nebraska, and received collegiate degrees in Agribusiness and Organizational Communication from the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

Jennifer Loeffler, Inspector
Jennifer Loeffler Hello! I was born and raised in Norfolk, NE. After graduating high school and attending community college I transferred to the University of NE at Omaha, where I completed my BA in Biology. I later returned to my hometown and began my career in public health.

I am married and have two daughters, ages 3 and 7. My interests and hobbies include yoga, practicing other languages and learning about Eastern philosophy and natural medicine.

I have been working as a state food inspector with NDA since 2015. Most of my days are spent visiting food establishments, such as restaurants, retail and convenience stores, bars, food trucks, famer’s markets and fairs, in addition to commercial processors and warehouses. Produce inspections are new to me, and I look forward to meeting and learning from our local growers.

Ted Kinnison, Inspector
Ted Kinnison I was born and raised on a mom-and-pop dairy farm southwest of Verdigre, Nebraska. My four siblings and I worked and played on the farm milking cows and raising pigs, chickens, ducks and rabbits. After graduation, I went to work for the local Gambles. In 1980, I started working for Associated Milk Producers Inc. (AMPI) as a refrigeration man and milking equipment installer/salesman. Later, I became a field rep for AMPI. In 1984, I started working for the state of Nebraska as a dairy inspector. In 2019, I also began working with the produce inspection team. I’m looking forward to continue working/learning with the dairy/produce community.

I married my high school sweetheart in 1976 and we were blessed with a son, and later, a daughter-in-law. Then along came an awesome grandson, 18, and a beautiful granddaughter, 15. I enjoy chasing after them in all their activities, target shooting, hunting/fishing, playing cards, etc. I also enjoy visiting. So, please feel free to ask me any questions.

If you have questions, you can contact us by email, agr.produce.safety@nebraska.gov, or by phone, 402-471-3422.

We can help you complete the inventory questionnaire. We can also help you with the decision tree to determine if you will be covered by the rule or exempt from the rule.