Produce Safety Rule Grower Training


The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) has established the Produce Safety Rule, which forms, for the first time, science-based minimum standards for the safe growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of fruits and vegetables grown for human consumption.
 
Who should attend the grower training? Fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety.  The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in §112.22(c) that requires ‘At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.’
 
The trainers will spend approximately seven hours of instruction time covering content contained in these seven modules:
  • Introduction to Produce Safety
  • Worker Health, Hygiene, and Training
  • Soil Amendments
  • Wildlife, Domesticated Animals, and Land Use
  • Agricultural Water (Part I: Production Water; Part II: Postharvest Water)
  • Postharvest Handling and Sanitation
  • How to Develop a Farm Food Safety Plan

In addition to learning about produce safety best practices, key parts of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements are outlined within each module. There will be time for questions and discussion, so participants should come prepared to share their experiences and produce safety questions.
 
For more information about this rule, please visit the Cornell webpage here: https://producesafetyalliance.cornell.edu/training/grower-training-courses 
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Dates & Time:
Three dates to choose from:
  • February 7, 2019
  • April 11, 2019
  • June 6, 2019
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
 
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Cost:
$30 for members of the Specialty Crop industry.
 
 
You are a member of the Specialty Crop industry if:
 
At least 51% of what you grow is part of the specialty crop industry
OR
At least 51% of the ingredients in your product(s) you manufacture is part of the specialty crop industry
 
What constitutes a Specialty Crop? Click here to see a list of USDA Specialty Crops: What is a Specialty Crop USDA.pdf
 
Not part of the Specialty Crop industry? Give us a call or an email to find out more.
 
Fee includes PSA Grower training manual, certificate, lunch and refreshments.
 
 
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Instructor:
Ed Fifield
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Location:
COS Tulare Center
4999 E. Bardsley Ave.
Tulare, Ca 93274
Building B, Room 224
Registration for Class:
Registration will be open by December 1.
  
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Questions?
Please contact us at 559.688.3130 or trainingcenter@cos.edu
 
Last Updated: 11/2/2018 8:41 AM