Tulare, Calif., (June 2, 2017) – Farm Employers Labor Service, California Farm Bureau, and the Safe Food Alliance have partnered to sponsor a produce safety training at Spike n’ Rail in Selma, June 21, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Produce growers, buyers, and others interested in learning about the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), and co management of natural resources and food safety are invited to attend the training.
During the training, attendees can expect to receive approximately seven hours of instruction covering: introduction to produce safety; worker health, hygiene, and training; soil amendments; wildlife, domesticated animals, and land use; agricultural water; post harvest handling and sanitation; and how to develop a farm food safety plan.
The U.S. FDA’s Produce Safety rule requires in § 112.22(c) that for each farm, “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.” The PSA Grower Training Course is the only course currently recognized by FDA.
After attending the 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. Participants must be present for the entire training in addition to submitting the appropriate paperwork to their trainer at the end of the course to receive a certificate.