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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

Applications for the Produce Safety Immersion Program Class 3 are now open until Oct. 31st!

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Upcoming Trainings

Bioengineered Labeling Webinar 
Tuesday, October 26, 2:00 pm ET/ 11:00 am PT
Zoom Platform

Beginning January 1, 2022, food manufacturers, importers, and certain retailers must ensure bioengineered foods are appropriately disclosed. The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) developed the List of Bioengineered Foods, which will be reviewed annually, to identify the crops or foods that are available in a bioengineered form throughout the world and for which regulated entities must maintain records. There are a few produce items on this list that will be subject to the disclosure requirements.

This webinar will review the key requirements, options for disclosure, and specific implications for the produce industry. There will be time for questions and discussion, and we encourage participants to submit questions during the webinar registration process.

John G. Dillard, Principal, OFW Law

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When Worlds Align: An overview of commodity-specific food safety standards and industry collaboration success stories Webinar
Tuesday, November 9, 2:00 pm ET/ 11:00 am PT
Zoom Platform

When produce safety issues make headlines, entire commodities and product groups feel the impact, even if the causative factor is ultimately traced back to a single source. In many instances, commodity groups have come together in the interest of public health, setting aside business competition to develop guidelines and checklists that address commodity-specific hazards and ensure safe products for their buyers and consumers. This webinar will highlight the existing commodity guidelines that can be implemented by suppliers and requested by buyers, along with recent noteworthy examples of commodity group efforts to align on food safety practices above and beyond federal regulations. This webinar is sponsored by Ecolab.

Register for the When Worlds Align Webinar

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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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.

Harmonized Standard Trainings, Webinars & Resources

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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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

Virtual FSVP Training
Monday, October 4 – Thursday, October 7, 2021
Zoom Platform

Unless explicitly exempted, companies who import food into the United States are required to have Foreign Supplier Verification Programs for the foods they import. Recent FDA inspection data indicates that 40% of inspected importers were out of compliance with this rule. The Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) training courses are hosted by United Fresh and developed by the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA). This course will take place virtually via Zoom.

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For any questions on these resources or to report broken links, contact Katie McGowan, Manager, Food Safety Programs, via email at or by phone at (202) 303-3402.