IRVINE, Calif., (January 17, 2019) -- California Senator Dianne Feinstein and Representative Zoe Lofgren introduced a bill today that would provide a path to citizenship for certain farmworkers. In response, Western Growers' President and CEO Tom Nassif issued the following statement:

“We recognize and applaud the efforts of Senator Feinstein and Representative Lofgren, as well as many other members of the House and Senate, to address the acute labor shortage that plagues production agriculture.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced yesterday that many Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices will temporarily reopen amidst the government shutdown to perform limited services for farmers and ranchers. The following FSA offices will open for Farm Loan Program Services on January 17, 18 and 22 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.:        

Bakersfield Service Center

5080 California Ave, Suite 150, Bakersfield, CA

(661) 336-0967

Merced Service Center

Chardae Heim

On January 9, 2019, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) along with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) provided an update related to the recent outbreak of E.coli 0157:H7 infections linked to romaine lettuce. CDC declared that this outbreak appears to be over. FDA recommends suppliers and distributors to continue labeling romaine lettuce with its harvest location and date or label as hydroponically- or greenhouse-grown. According to the FDA and the CDC, the recent romaine lettuce E.

Sonia Salas

In light of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules and provisions being in effect, Western Growers is providing additional training to help the produce industry stay in compliance.

The FDA’s Preventive Controls for Human Food rule requires that certain activities must be completed or overseen by a “preventive controls qualified individual.” The Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) Preventive Controls for Human Food Course is one way to meet this requirement. This course is recognized by the FDA as the standardized curriculum.

Sonia Salas

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