Food Safety Webinars
Food Safety Webinars
Produce Safety Immersion Program Informational Webinar
Tuesday, October 19, 2:00 pm ET/ 11:00 am PT
United Fresh is hosting a informational webinar about the Produce Safety Immersion Program on October 19th, 2 pm ET/11 am PT. During this webinar, Jennifer McEntire, Senior VP of Food Safety & Technology at United Fresh, will discuss the origins and description of the Immersion Program, along with the tentative 2022 schedule and application instructions. Alumni and current program members will also share their experience with potential applicants. There will be time for a Q&A session.
Registration is complimentary.
Bioengineered Labeling Webinar
Tuesday, October 26, 2:00 pm ET/ 11:00 am PT
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
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
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.
Introducing the Papaya Safety Checklist (Recorded 6/3/21)
In June 2020, United Fresh Produce Association in collaboration with Texas International Produce Association and fresh produce industry professionals debuted the “Best Practices for the Growing and Handling of Mexican Papaya” guide, which was followed by a series of training workshops with targeted outreach to the entire Mexican papaya industry. Continuing in these efforts, a papaya safety checklist has been developed to supplement the existing resources and to serve as a self-assessment and 3rd party audit addendum accompanying holistic GAP programs such as the Produce GAPs Harmonized Standard. In this webinar, Dante Galeazzi of TIPA and Emily Griep from United Fresh will review the new papaya safety checklist and Sergio Nieto-Montenegro of Food Safety CTS will provide updates on the status of industry training efforts, followed by a Q&A panel of papaya industry members.
Presentamos la lista de verificación de inocuidad de la papaya (Recorded 6/1/21)
En junio de 2020, United Fresh Produce Association, en colaboración con Texas International Produce Association (TIPA) y profesionales de la industria de productos frescos, presentó la guía “Mejores prácticas para el cultivo y manejo de papaya mexicana”, que fue seguida por una serie de talleres de capacitación con alcance dirigido a los toda la industria mexicana de la papaya. Continuando con estos esfuerzos, se ha desarrollado una lista de verificación de inocuidad de la papaya para complementar los recursos existentes y para servir como una autoevaluación y un apéndice de auditoría de terceros que acompaña a los programas holísticos de BPA como el Estándar Armonizado de Produce GAP. En este seminario web, Dante Galeazzi de TIPA revisarán la nueva lista de verificación de inocuidad de la papaya y Sergio Nieto-Montenegro de Food Safety CTS brindará actualizaciones sobre el estado de los esfuerzos de capacitación de la industria, seguido de un panel de preguntas y respuestas de miembros de la industria de la papaya.
Cyclospora Webinar (Recorded 5/7/21)
As we approach Cyclospora season, join this 3-part conversation to hear current thinking from FDA around best management practices, spend time in small breakout sessions discussing what buyers should expect of suppliers, and conclude with a few industry members sharing their approaches to managing this unusual parasite which predictably causes hundreds of illnesses each spring/summer. This webinar was sponsored by Shenandoah Growers.
Optimizing Produce Quality & Shelf Life: Approaches and Experiences (Recorded 4/20/21)
While produce safety issues make headlines, issues related to produce quality require daily effort. Given the perishability of many produce items, opportunities to extend shelf life are highly desirable. In this webinar, you’ll learn about the factors that affect shelf life, and the tools available to optimize product quality. In addition to gaining an overview of the technical aspects, you’ll also hear the approaches that produce companies took to solve specific issues. This webinar was sponsored by Ecolab.
Improving Traceability in Produce (Part 2) Webinar (Recorded 11/5/20)
In Part 2 of our traceability webinar, learn about FDA’s new proposed rule for traceability of fresh fruits and vegetables. Once finalized, this new regulation will impose new demands on all sectors of the industry. Learn today what you need to do to be prepared. This webinar was sponsored by iFoodDecisionSciences.
Improving Traceability in Produce (Part 1) Webinar (Recorded 10/27/20)
Traceability is an important and wide-reaching topic of discussion within the fresh produce industry. All members of the supply chain must work together to address these complex issues. This webinar will discuss recent developments made in traceability and the future of traceability within the industry. This webinar was sponsored by iFoodDecisionSciences.
Understanding Root Cause Analysis (Recorded 10/6/20)
Root cause analysis is the processes of determining the underlying causes of a failure or near miss. This webinar discusses how to analyze these factors to prevent future issues. This webinar was sponsored by Ecolab.
Listeria: How to Tell if it’s Transient (Recorded 8/18/20)
Resident and transient strains of Listeria monocytogenes can be difficult to identify. This webinar discusses how to differentiate between the two and what to do once that determination is made. This webinar was sponsored by Ecolab.
Outbreak Investigations & Early Signals to Looming Issues (Recorded 7/8/20)
Jennifer McEntire of United Fresh leads a Q&A session with the public health expert who led outbreak investigations for the state of Minnesota, Dr. Ben Miller, Sr Director, Scientific & Regulatory Affairs at the Acheson Group.
Best Practices for the Growing and Handling of Mexican Papaya (Recorded 6/4/20)
In November 2019, a group of fresh produce industry professionals convened to discuss the 2019 papaya outbreaks. Through this meeting, a guidance document was created for the Papaya industry. In this webinar, Dante Galeazzi of TIPA and Emily Griep from United Fresh go over this guidance document.
Alternative Means of Food Safety Verification During a Pandemic (Recorded 5/7/20)
Although the virus that causes COVID-19 is not transmitted via food, the pandemic has certainly impacted the way produce safety is verified. The ability to conduct on-site audits has been disrupted, triggering questions about remote audits and alternative means of ensuring that produce is safe, and demonstrating regulatory compliance, e.g., with the Foreign Supplier Verification Program. During this 45 minute webinar you’ll hear brief perspectives from producers, suppliers, and audit organizations, and have an opportunity to ask questions and brainstorm ways to communicate and ascertain safe production and handling practices. This webinar was sponsored by Ecolab.
Statistics of Sampling Webinar (Recorded 4/30/20)
Sampling has become an integral part of food safety testing for the fresh produce industry. But important questions still remain: How many samples to take? How often to sample? How much product to sample? What does N60 really mean? Is Z-pattern sampling the best way to sample a field? Should samples be composited? This webinar delves into this, and more with ample time for Q&A with the presenter. This webinar was sponsored by Ecolab.
What to Expect When You’re Inspected (Recorded 2/19/20)
Listen to industry experts discuss what to expect from regulators during inspections. What is negotiable? What are your rights? What is the best way to get through a regulatory inspection? This webinar was sponsored by Ecolab.
Cyclospora Webinar (Recorded 12/5/19)
Difficult to detect, Cyclospora is an emerging pathogen that’s become a big concern in the fresh produce industry. Hear how to avoid Cyclospora-contamination in fresh produce operations from two industry leaders who have experiences managing it.
GAPs Harmonized Standard: Where are we now? (Recorded 11/14/19)
This 1-hr webinar is targeted toward any industry stakeholders, particularly producers and auditors who currently work with the Harmonized, buyers who currently accept Harmonized Certificates, and any other stakeholders who are evaluating their potential use or acceptance of the Harmonized in the future.
After a brief review of how the Harmonized is structured, the relationship with GFSI, and the FDA acknowledgement of the standard’s alignment with the Produce Safety Rule, attendees will see the revisions that have been proposed for the Harmonized, currently available for comment on the United Fresh website.
Building the case for Zone 1 Listeria sampling in produce operations: A review of regulatory policy and industry strategies Webinar (Recorded 10/1/19)
Unsure how food contact surface (i.e. Zone 1) testing for Listeria spp. can fit into your environmental monitoring plan without exposing your organization to regulatory risk or backlash? Join us for this 1-hr webinar to learn about the changes in regulatory thinking, conveyed via the FDA’s 2017 publication of “Draft Guidance for Industry: Control of Listeria monocytogenes in Ready-To-Eat Foods”, intended to incentivize the ‘seek and destroy’ approach to monitoring for Listeria on food contact surfaces. Still, many in the fresh produce industry (fresh-cut and packinghouses) remain understandably wary of Zone 1 testing. After covering current FDA policy related to environmental monitoring, we’ll provide detail on a new resource in development by a United Fresh workgroup: a set of guidelines and case studies that illustrate how an operation can prepare to implement Zone 1 sampling, and provide strategies for how to react in the event of a positive. After listening to this webinar, attendees should feel more confident in assessing their operation’s ability to move towards testing Zone 1 surfaces for Listeria spp. This webinar was sponsored by Ecolab.
Manejo de Listeria en las Operaciones de Productos Agricolas Frescos (Recorded on 5/23/19)
El enfoque normativo y de salud pública sobre Listeria monocytogenes en productos agrícolas frescos ha llevado a la mayoría de la industria a implementar programas de monitoreo ambiental, a menudo haciendo referencia a la guía de la industria de Listeria de 2013 desarrollada por United Fresh. Dado el cambio en las regulaciones, el cambio en las políticas de la FDA y los nuevos hallazgos de investigación científica, el Consejo de Tecnología e Inocuidad de los Alimentos de United Fresh actualizó la guía de Listeria. Se añadieron más detalles sobre saneamiento y diseño sanitario, así como también una discusión mejorada de temas controversiales como los muestreos en la Zona 1 y producto terminado. Este webinar brindará una visión del extenso contenido sobre el tema que está disponible en la guía.
US Ley de Modernización de la Inocuidad de los Alimentos de la FDA (FSMA, por sus siglas en inglés): como los reglamentos van juntos (Recorded 1/30/19)
Este webinar, impartido en español, cubrirá cómo la Ley de Modernización de la Inocuidad de los Alimentos de la FDA entró en vigor, el proceso que FDA uso para desarrollar los reglamentos y como esos reglamentos básicos se combinan para proporcionar un continuo de seguridad alimentaria. También hablará del futuro de FSMA: reglamentos adicionales y áreas donde aún se necesita aclaración. Habrá tiempo para preguntas y respuestas.
FSMA: How the rules fit together (in English) (Recorded 1/29/19)
This webinar will cover how the Food Safety Modernization Act came into being, the process FDA used to develop the rules, and how the foundational rules fit together to provide a continuum of food safety. It will also touch on FSMA’s future: additional rules, and areas where clarification is still needed. There will be time for questions and answers.
Managing Listeria in Fresh Produce Operations (Recorded 12/4/18)
The regulatory and public health focus on Listeria monocytogenes in fresh produce has prompted most of the industry to implement environmental monitoring programs, often referencing the 2013 industry guidance developed by United Fresh. Given the change in regulations, shift in FDA policy, and new research findings, the United Fresh Food Safety & Technology Council updated the document, adding more detail around sanitation and sanitary design, and with enhanced discussion of controversial topics including Zone 1 and finished product testing. This webinar will provide a glimpse of the rich content available in this guidance document.
For any questions on these resources or to report broken links, contact Katie McGowan, Manager, Food Safety Programs, via email or by phone at (202) 303-3402.