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Produce Safety Alliance Training Courses

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Grower Training Course Information

United Fresh is pleased to support member organizations and universities that are offering Grower Training courses using the curriculum developed by the Produce Safety Alliance. For any questions regarding the training please contact Dr. Jennifer McEntire or Erin Grether.

Upcoming PSA Course Information

Western Growers Association PSA Course Offerings:

Yuma, June 8-9, 2017
Springhill Suites by Marriott
Yuma, AZ 85365 
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Modesto, June 13-14, 2017
Stanislaus County Farm Bureau
Modesto, CA 95353 
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Imperial, June 20-21, 2017
Ricochet Community Center
Imperial, CA 92251 
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Bakersfield, July 11-12, 2017
A Royal Place
Bakersfield, CA 93313 
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Port Hueneme, July 18-19, 2017
Orvene S. Community Center
Port Hueneme, CA 93041 
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Salinas, July 25-26, 2017
Monterey County Farm Bureau
Salinas, CA 93901 
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Santa Maria, July 27-28, 2017
1850 W. Stowell Road,
Santa Maria, CA 93458 
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Who Should Attend

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 Produce Safety Rule applies to growers of covered fresh fruits and vegetables selling more than $25K of produce annually. There are also qualified exemptions for some growers. Compliance for larger growers begins January 2018. Small growers ($250-500K annual produce sales) have until January 2019, and very small growers ($25K-250K annual produce sales) have until January 2020 to comply.

What to Expect at the PSA Grower Training Course

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.

Benefits of Attending the Course

The course will provide a foundation of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and co-management information, FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements, and details on how to develop a farm food safety plan.  Individuals who participate in this course are expected to gain a basic understanding of:

  • Microorganisms relevant to produce safety and where they may be found on the farm
  • How to identify microbial risks, practices that reduce risks, and how to begin implementing produce safety practices on the farm
  • Parts of a farm food safety plan and how to begin writing one
  • Requirements in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and how to meet them. 

After attending the entire course, participants will be eligible to receive a certificate from the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) that verifies they have completed the training course.  To receive an AFDO certificate, a participant must be present for the entire training and submit the appropriate paperwork to their trainer at the end of the course.