December 27, 2016

Arizona FSMA Training Registration Closes Tomorrow

The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules and provisions are already in effect, and Western Growers is providing additional training to help members stay in compliance. 

Last October, WG offered training in Salinas, California, for the new FDA Preventive Controls for Human Food rule, which is intended to ensure safe manufacturing/processing, packing and holding of food products for human consumption in the United States. Now, training will be offered January 4-6 in Yuma, Arizona. WG is closing registration for this course on December 28.

The FDA’s Preventive Controls for Human Food rule requires that certain activities must be completed or overseen by a “preventive controls qualified individual.” One way to meet the requirements for a “preventive controls qualified individual” is to complete the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) Preventive Controls for Human Food Course. This course, developed by the FSPCA, is the “standardized curriculum” recognized by FDA. In addition, it will feature examples relevant to produce packinghouses covered by this rule; however, fresh-cut produce operations and other food facilities will benefit from this course, as well.

This training — which is geared for members of the produce industry — is hosted by Western Growers in collaboration with UC Davis and the Produce Marketing Association (PMA). Dr. Trevor Suslow from UC Davis and PMA’s Dr. Jim Gorny will be teaching this course.

As a reminder, registration closes tomorrow. Don’t forget to check WG’s FSMA Resources Portal for valuable resources that can be used to implement different FSMA rules.


Arizona Course

Date: January 4-6, 2017

Location: Yuma Center of Excellence for Desert Agriculture (YCEDA)

6425 W. 8th Street (between Somerton Ave and S Avenue E)

Yuma, AZ  85364

Register by December 28th to secure a spot, as the class size is limited.


Registration Details:

Registration includes training materials and certificate, light breakfast, snacks and lunch. Members of the Produce Marketing Association and Western Growers will get a discounted price and have registration priority.

Registration Fees & Cancellation Policy:

PMA & WG members: $700.00

Others: $1,050.00

A fee of $35 will be charged if a cancellation request is received by the registration deadline. Refunds will not be issued after this date.

For registration questions contact WG Marketing at [email protected]. For additional information about the class content or the FSMA Resources Portal, contact Sonia Salas at (949) 885-2251.