The FDA’s Produce Safety Rule goes into effect January 26. Most companies will have two years or less to become compliant with the new standards. Some companies will have as little as a year while others may need to maintain certain records to support their eligibility for modified requirements. 

Are you FSMA Ready? Whether you think you are or not, Western Growers urges members to register and participate in our upcoming Lunch and Learn Webinar on the Produce Safety Rule.   

Stephanie Metzinger

Trade is top of mind for many companies. In 2015, Congress debated and passed Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), providing the executive branch with the flexibility to craft trade deals and Congress with the ability to streamline their review and passage. Negotiations with member countries of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) also concluded in late 2015, paving the way for Congress to approve the massive trade agreement in 2016 which is expected to provide a significant boost to the U.S. economy as well as U.S.-based companies doing business overseas.

Jeff Janas

Plan to attend the Agricultural Personnel Management Association’s Conference for Human Resource, Labor and Safety Professionals in the Agricultural Industry, at a beautiful ocean front venue located in the heart of the historic Cannery Row and near many Monterey Bay area attractions. The APMA Forum will feature an outstanding program for HR and Safety professionals including:

*Keynotes by California Agricultural Labor Relations Board Chairman William Gould and former Secretary of CDFA and WG Past Chairman A.G. Kawamura, among other distinguished speakers.

Stephanie Metzinger


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