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October 20, 2016

Register for FDA Produce Safety Rule Training Course in Irvine

Western Growers is collaborating with Hartnell College to offer a train-the-trainer course on November 14-15, 2016, in Irvine. This training effort is meant to develop a cadre of trainers able to teach the Produce Safety Alliance training for growers.

The Produce Safety Rule, which is now in effect, establishes science-based minimum standards for the safe growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of fruits and vegetables grown for human consumption. This rule requires that at least one supervisor or responsible party for each farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the FDA. The Produce Safety Alliance has developed this “standardized curriculum” recognized by the FDA through a nationwide collaboration including produce growers, extension educators, researchers, produce industry representatives, and government personnel. The PSA Train-the-Trainer course will enable participants to become a PSA trainer or PSA Lead Trainer who are able to train fresh produce growers to meet the regulatory requirements in the FDA’s Produce Safety rule.

If you are a produce safety educator, work with fruit and vegetable growers, or are just interested in becoming PSA Trainer or PSA Lead Trainer, this course is for you. This two-day session will provide detailed information about Good Agricultural Practices, co-management of natural resources and food safety, FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements, and a review of the seven module PSA Grower Training curriculum. The course will also cover principles of adult education, how to incorporate the PSA curriculum into other extension trainings, developing working partnerships, expectations for trainers and how to register a PSA Grower Training Course with the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO).


Date: November 14-15, 2016
University of California, Irvine
California Institute for Telecommunication and Information Technology (Calit2 Building, Room 3008)
4100 E. Peltason Dr.
Irvine, CA 92617
(on E. Peltason Dr., between Gabrielino Dr. and Los Trancos Dr.)
Registration Details: Registration includes training materials and certificate, light breakfast, snacks and lunch. Register by November 7th to secure a spot, as the class size is limited.


Registration Fees & Cancellation Policy
Registration cost: $450.00
A fee of $35 will be charged if a cancellation request is received before October 31st. Refunds will not be issued after this date.

For questions about these courses, contact Sonia Salas at (949) 885-2251. For more information about scheduled PSA Train-the-Trainer Courses, please visit the PSA website at