Sustainability, Best Practices and Food Safety
US Hop Growers strive to produce the highest quality crop for brewers around the world, with careful attention to production and harvesting details. To provide customers with documentation of these practices, Hop Growers of America is developing the USA Hops Best Practices Program, a self-certification program that will allow growers to review their farming and harvesting practices, certifying compliance with industry standards for food safety and sustainability. This program will be presented in five modules:
We encourage all commercial hop growers, regardless of size, to participate in this voluntary program. The new USA Hops website will be launched in late 2016, with interactive modules added to the Member Area as they are completed.
However Food Safety is such a high priority that HGA is making the Level 1 module available here as three PDF files for use by all hop growers, regardless of membership in HGA:
Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Compliance Dates
Hop Growers of America is developing a separate module for the USA Hops Best Practices Program to provide members with compliance guidance. Completion is expected by January 2017. Compliance dates are based on annual farm-gate sales value. Very small farns (less than $25,000 in annual sales) are not covered by the law.
Compliance dates for covered activities, except for those involving sprouts, after the effective date of the final rule are:
Compliance dates for modified requirements for farms eligible for a qualified exemption are:
Compliance dates for covered activities involving sprouts after the effective date of the final rule are: