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Food Safety Training Opportunities

United Fresh is pleased to offer the following Food Safety Training Programs & Opportunities
for the fresh produce industry

Produce Safety Immersion Program

The new United Fresh Produce Safety Immersion Program is a year-long program developed to build the technical capacity, critical thinking skills, and leadership attributes of the next generation of produce safety professionals.

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Designing a Sampling and Testing Plan

Despite the fact that testing is not a food safety control measure, many companies conduct finished product or raw material testing. However the number of samples that should be taken, what to test for, method to use, and what to do if you get a positive aren’t always well understood. This one day training, designed specifically for the fresh produce industry, will review the basics of microbiology, describe different method platforms and the method validation process, the statistics behind sampling, lab accreditation, and legal ramifications.

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Harmonized Training Information & Resources

Members of the Calibration Committee for the Harmonized are authorized to provide training for the Harmonized Standard. The trainings listed below cover the Harmonized Standard, at a minimum, but may also include additional elements (e.g., related to the specific audit process, GFSI requirements, etc.). Please see further information below on available Harmonized Training.

More information on GAP Harmonized Standard Training

Harmonized Standard Webinars

Webinar – The Harmonized Standard: Myths, Legends and it’s Growing Role in the Marketplace
Thursday, August 9 at 2:00 pm ET (11:00 am PT)
Webinar Recording Playback on United Fresh YouTube page 
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Webinar Description: Nearly a decade ago, the entire produce supply chain convened with a common vision: identify the core elements required to grow and pack fresh produce and develop a standard that harmonizes existing audit requirements. Over the years buyer acceptance varied, often due to myths and legends around the standard and the process. This webinar will clarify how the Harmonized is structured, including the role of United Fresh and audit organizations, the relationship with GFSI, and the recent FDA acknowledgement of alignment with the Produce Safety Rule. Learn about the updated version of the standard, current training initiatives, United’s renewed commitment to the initiative, and how you can be involved in shaping the future of the Harmonized. This 1-hr webinar is targeted toward producers looking to evaluate if the Harmonized is a good fit for their operation, and buyers trying to ascertain if they should accept Harmonized Certificates.

Webinar – Harmonized Standard Refresher Training
Friday, August 10 at 2:00 pm ET (11:00 am PT)
Webinar Recording Playback on United Fresh YouTube page

Webinar Description: As part of the licensing agreement that United Fresh, as Secretariat for the Harmonized, issues to audit organizations, auditors must be trained on the Harmonized using materials developed by the Calibration Committee. In late 2016, the standard was updated, in part to align with new FDA regulations. This webinar will review the key changes and bring existing auditors up to speed on how to evaluate the new components of the audit. This 1-hr webinar is targeted primarily to auditors who have already been trained to the Harmonized Standard. This webinar will NOT review all requirements and is not a substitution for auditor training, but is intended to supplement trainings conducted more than 1 year ago (prior to the updates). This webinar will also be beneficial for producers seeking to understand what has changed and how they can maintain compliance with the Harmonized.

Listeria Workshops

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Sponsorship opportunities are available for the Joint Listeria Workshops. Please download our sponsorship package information here.

If you have any questions about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Katie McGowan

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Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) Training