United Fresh Webinar Series
The United Fresh Webinar Series will present programs designed to help your company manage complex business issues. Presentations will be led by subject matter experts, with ample opportunity for questions and answers. Webinars are free for United Fresh members and $100 for non-members.
Déjà vu of Leafy Green Outbreaks: What We Know Today
Thursday, August 23 at 2:00 pm ET (11:00 am PT)
Many have likened the recent Romaine-associated outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 with the spinach related outbreak of 2006. While safety programs and practices have continued to advance, several questions asked during the most recent outbreak were reminiscent of those a dozen years ago: how does CDC know it’s romaine? Why does it take so long for the agencies to get information out? This webinar will cover the fundamentals of the outbreak investigation process and relate them to the recent outbreaks. The investigative challenges will reinforce why most outbreaks have gone unsolved, and were largely unknown. Anyone interested in outbreak investigations will benefit from this webinar.
Katherine Marshall, MPH, Epidemiologist, Prevention and Evaluation Activity,
Outbreak Response and Prevention Branch, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Moderated by Dr. Jennifer McEntire
Getting Ready for the Washington Conference
Wednesday, September 12 at 2:00 pm ET (11:00 am PT)
Gear up for the Washington Conference with your United Fresh Government Relations Team. We will share tips and techniques of how to maximize the impact of your Congressional Meetings and make them memorable while also diving into the important issues.
Traceability: Is the Continued Criticism Warranted?
Thursday, September 20 at 2:00 pm ET (11:00 am PT)
More than a decade ago, the inability to quickly address produce-related outbreaks was blamed on traceability. Despite the launch of the Produce Traceability Initiative (PTI), the accessibility of technology, and advances such as Blockchain, regulators, consumer groups, and the media still pointed an accusatory finger at industry traceability during recent outbreaks. Why? Understand the improvements that have been made, the challenges that persist, and how the entirety of the supply chain is coming together to tackle this issue. This webinar will review the difference between an outbreak investigation and a recall, what traceability can and can’t do, the current status of FSMA and other traceability regulations, and why regulations are not the solution.
All supply chain members should join this webinar, particularly those who are NOT currently subject to one up/one down FDA recordkeeping requirements.
Past Webinar Recordings
Congressional Agenda until November Elections (Recorded 8/15/18)
The clock is ticking and August is a great time to assess what we expect Congress to address prior to the mid-term elections in November. Join the United Fresh team where we will take a look at the current state of play for the November elections, how will that impact the legislative agenda for the remainder of the year, and most importantly what role YOU can play while Members of Congress are back home during the August recess. This will also be a great opportunity to learn about what is in store for United Fresh’s Washington Public Policy Conference. View a recording of the webinar.
Produce Industry in the Cross-Hairs of a Global Trade War (Recorded 7/18/18)
The current trade policy in the United States and its impact with our trading partners is the most unsettling it has been in decades. With uncertain negotiations with our NAFTA partners, and trade disputes with China and the European Union, fresh produce commodities are under intense pressure to adapt to this new environment or be left behind. This includes finding ways to continue to compete in traditional markets while looking to create new trade opportunities in other parts of the world. During our July webinar, United Fresh will look at the current challenges impacting trade, their impact on the fresh produce industry, and how do we see this coming to some conclusion that creates a more stable trade environment. View a recording of the webinar.
Important Week For Produce Industry: Immigration and Farm Bill Votes Expected (Recorded 6/18/18)
Key congressional votes are expected on both immigration reform and the reauthorization of the Farm Bill. Join the United Fresh Government Relations team in a one-hour webinar on Monday, June 18 at 2:00 pm ET and be in the know as we enter this pivotal week for our industry in Washington! We will give you the most up to date assessment of the legislation the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives are considering on two of the most important policy issues impacting the fresh produce industry.
ELD – What to Know! (Recorded 5/16/18)
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration extended the waiver from ELDs, thus allowing those transporting Agricultural Commodities to use paper Records of Duty Status as long as certain criteria are met. The basis for this waiver relates directly to new proposed guidance that will surely add flexibility to those transporting agricultural commodities. Confused? You are not alone! This new change coupled with current exemptions to the HOS that are often underutilized, will bring clarity to what the future holds for transporting Agricultural Commodities and Farm Supplies. Join expert John Seidl, VP of Risk Services for Reliance Partners, for a casual conversation focused on answering your questions. John has over 20 years of experience specializing in FMSCA regulation and is the authority on their effect to both shippers and carriers. After John’s presentation we will turn it over to you for a lengthy Q&A. View a recording of the webinar.
The Buzz on Blockchain (Recorded 4/30/18)
Feeling left out because everyone’s talking about blockchain and you’re still not clear on what it means to you? Join two experts for a casual conversation focused on answering your questions. Thomas Burke, Food Traceability Scientist with the Global Food Traceability Center and Raja Ramachandran, CEO of ripe.io will each spend a few minutes giving an overview of blockchain before turning it over to you for a lengthy Q&A. View a recording of the webinar.
Employee Recruitment & Retention Success Strategies (Recorded 3/28/18)
Today’s produce companies are navigating labor shortages and talent gaps, as well as preparing to develop succession plans for the future management of their businesses. During this webinar, you’ll learn from Kristin Reid, Vice President, MIXTEC, how to recruit, train, and more importantly retain top performers at all levels of your organization. View a recording of the webinar.
Preparation and Prevention: Cybersecurity for the Produce Industry (Recorded 2/27/18)
Whether your personal email has been hacked, your company Facebook compromised, or your automation system put into hibernation, cyber security is a real and omnipresent threat today. Prepare for the worst case scenario by learning how to identify the vulnerabilities in your operations. This program was presented by Donald Robinson, Chief Technology Officer for Defense, CSRA. View a recording of the webinar.
FSMA Farm vs. Facility Update (Recorded 1/24/18)
Hear the latest information on the FSMA Farm vs. Facility issue and recent updates from FDA from Dr. Jennifer McEntire. This program is hosted by the Food Safety & Technology Council. View a recording of the webinar.
FSMA Ag Water Webinar (Recorded 10/10/17)
Now that FDA has made several announcements related to the Ag water testing provision, including delaying implementation of that part of the rule and identifying several test methods that are “scientifically valid” and “at least equivalent to the method of analysis in § 112.151a, join Dr. Jennifer McEntire, United Fresh VP of Food Safety and Technology for an insiders perspective. Dr. McEntire discussed FDA’s ag water extension timeline, the new and equivalent test methods and what this means for your operations. View a recording of the webinar.