Produce Safety Training
This training will be available in Oct.-Nov. 2016.
Produce Safety: Establishes science-based standards
for growing, harvesting, packing and holding produce
on domestic and foreign farms. Original rule proposed
January 2013; supplemental rule to amend key areas
proposed September 2014.
Final rule issued: Nov. 13, 2015.
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PSA: Grower Training Course

Who Should Attend
Fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about
produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce
Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of
natural resources and food safety.  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

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.
The above information was cited from producesafetyalliance.cornell.edu
The PSA plans to launch training programs in September 2016
across the country. The FSMA Produce Safety Rule was made
publicly available on Nov. 13, 2015 and was published in the
Federal Register November 27, 2015. The PSA is currently working
to align the curriculum materials with both best practices for
produce safety as well as the final regulatory language.
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Training Cities

Las Vegas, NV
Orleans Hotel, Conference room
4500 W. Tropicana Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89103 (T 702-365-7111)

Chicago, IL
The Temple Building
77 West Washington Street
Chicago IL 60611
HOTELS Around Temple Building
La Quinta Inn Chicago +1 312-558-1020
Hotel Burnham Chicago  +1 312-782-1111
Hotel Allegro Chicago  +1 312-236-0123

Cherry Hill, NJ
The Holiday Inn - Cherry Hill
2175 Marlton Pike
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
(856) 873-5029

Los Angeles
The Crowne Plaza Redondo Beach and
Marina Hotel,  300 N. Harbor Drive
Redondo Beach, CA 90277-2552
Phone number: (310) 318-8888

San Francisco, CA
San Francisco Int. Aiprort Holiday Inn
275 South Airport Boulevard
South San Francisco, CA  94080

Seattle, WA
Four Points by Sheraton
Seattle Airport South
22406 Pacific Hwy South,  Des Moines, WA 98198

Visalia, CA
The Visalia Convention Center
303 E. Acequia Ave.
Visalia, CA 9329   Phone: 559-731-4040

Houston, TX
La Quinta Inn and Suites
Bush Intercontinental Airport
15510 JFK Blvd.
Houston, TX 77032, T 281-219-2000
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