Food safety is a critical component of good farm management.
The National Farmers Union Foundation’s Local Food Safety Collaborative (LFSC) is an FDA-funded initiative to provide training, education, and technical assistance to local food producers. Its core mission is to build fundamental knowledge of food safety and support compliance with Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) regulations.
Under LFSC, NFUF works with twelve agriculture organizations and academic institutions to leverage their local networks and expertise and address the food safety needs of small-scale, diversified, sustainable, organic, and identity-preserved growers and processors. Building food safety knowledge amongst these groups supports FSMA compliance and strengthens producers’ ability to engage with a wider variety of markets.
On this webpage, you will find resources and events hosted by LFSC and our partners to help you incorporate the best food safety approaches into your agricultural operation.
News and Updates
Join the Food Safety Collaborative Chat!
Now announcing the Food Safety Collaborative Chat: an online space where any food safety enthusiast or professional can join a network of experts. Hosted on slack, this chat offers topic channel discussions for events, updates, and questions about the broader food safety world. Join today here via Slack.
Upcoming in September: Creating Cultures of Food Safety
Join us on Wednesday September 27th from 12-1 PM EST – Creating a Culture of Food Safety: A Roundtable Discussion. We'll be joined by a group of food safety professionals and experts across the US to discuss good examples of strong cultures and communities of food safety.
September 27th: LFSC Virtual Roundtable Discussion - Register Here
We're joined by Anita Adalja, Sean Fogarty, Lorig Hawkins, and Nate Stacey on how to create strong cultures and communities of food safety.
October 24th: Lunch and Learn with Betty Feng
We discuss consumer food safety expectations with Dr. Betty Feng of Purdue University
November (TBA): Lunch and Learn with Cheryl Murphy
We discuss the new and unregulated world of forever chemicals and PFAS with Cheryl Murphy of Michigan State University
As we prepare to continue our work with LFSC and diversify farmer voices and needs in Food Safety, we are looking to our partners and supporters to provide us feedback. If you know of organizations, coalitions, or groups around the US that might benefit a partnership with the Local Food Safety Collaborative, please add your suggestions below. Your input is indispensable as we grow our network. Thank you!
Food Safety Partners
Looking for local help and resources? Please email [email protected] to be connected to service providers near you.
This project website is supported by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award 1U01FD006921-01 totaling $1,000,000 with 100 percent funded by FDA/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by FDA/HHS, or the U.S. Government.