Western Growers’ members are invited to learn about the latest produce food safety research findings during the 2018 Center for Produce Safety (CPS) Symposium on June 19 - 20 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Produce industry leaders, government officials and food safety research scientists will gather to learn about topics such as irrigation water advancements; identifying surrogates for human pathogens that can be used to validate the efficacy of preventive controls; implementing science-based preventive controls that minimize contamination risks; and more.

Stephanie Metzinger

This month, Western Growers and AgSafe will be hosting the last of their produce safety workshops to assist California growers in meeting the training requirements under the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) produce safety regulation.

The FDA’s produce rule requires companies to employ at least one person who has completed the equivalent of this eight-hour class. These classes will be offered in Northern and Central California production areas and will be presented in both English and Spanish.

This eight hour class will cover the following topics:

Sonia Salas

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) released their annual “Dirty Dozen” list yesterday, and once again, the group targeted strawberries and spinach as having the most pesticide residues. The EWG has a reputation of misleading consumers about pesticide residues and produce, and year over year, their list has been repeatedly discredited by scientists and peer reviewed studies.

Matt McInerney

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