Schnucks Brings Local Farmers Together For Food Safety Training
by Schnuck Markets Inc.
Posted: 2018-02-12 09:17:26 EST

ST. LOUIS – To support small, local Midwestern farms with understanding and complying of upcoming government-mandated food safety regulations, Schnuck Markets, Inc. partnered with University of Missouri Extension for a two-day food safety workshop Jan. 25-26. The workshop focused on the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, a federal law that aims to ensure the U.S. food supply is safe. FSMA introduces new standards for growing, harvesting, packing and holding of produce that is normally consumed raw, such as apples, carrots, lettuce, onions and tomatoes. While larger farms have been required to abide by FSMA rules since at least 2017, many small farms will have to be in compliance within the next two years.

“Supporting small, local farms is important to Schnucks,” said Mike Tipton, Schnucks Vice President of Produce. “Farmers have an enormous job to do every day, and for very small farms, understanding FSMA rules can be daunting, so we wanted to do our part to make it easier. Their success is important not only to Schnucks, but to our region’s economy.”

Farmers from 28 Missouri and Illinois farms attended the training, which was provided for $40 for both days, a low cost that was possible through support from the University of Missouri Extension and its Missouri Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grant. The North Central Region FSMA Training Center also provided support for the workshop.

FSMA rules require all produce growers (who do not qualify for an exemption) to successfully complete a FSMA Produce Safety Alliance Training. The training during the Schnucks event included a day focused on helping farmers develop their on-farm food safety plan and prepare for a USDA Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Harmonized Audit. It was facilitated by Londa Nwadike, PhD, Food Safety Specialist with the University of Missouri Extension.

“Our goal is to help farmers grow and handle their produce as safely as possible so that consumers on the other end of the supply chain are receiving products that are safe for their families,” said Nwadike.

Representatives from the Missouri Department of Agriculture, the Missouri Coalition for the Environment, and Washington University also attended the workshop.

About Schnuck Markets Inc.

Founded in St. Louis in 1939, Schnuck Markets, Inc. is a third-generation, family-owned grocery/pharmacy retailer committed to nourishing people’s lives. The company takes pride in its community partnerships and gives more than $13 million annually in food to food pantries and more than $1.7 million to not-for-profit organizations through the company’s My Schnucks Card program. Schnucks operates 100 stores in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Iowa. Privately held, Schnucks employs more than 13,000 teammates and is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. Follow Schnucks on Facebook at

Source: Schnuck Markets Inc.