Strawberry growers and their employees who are interested in learning about produce safety are invited to attend a Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Grower Training on February 27 in Salinas, Calif. These workshops will be delivered in Spanish and are brought to you by the California Strawberry Commission and Western Growers.
The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement 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.
The trainers will spend approximately seven hours of instruction time covering topics including:
- 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 Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule requirements will be outlined. There will be time for questions and discussion, so participants should come prepared to share their experiences and produce safety questions.
Salinas Sports Complex (1034 N Main St., Salinas, CA 93906)
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