May 8, 2018

Seven Workshops Left to Help Growers Meet FSMA Training Requirements

This month, Western Growers and AgSafe will be hosting the last of their produce safety workshops to assist California growers in meeting the training requirements under the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) produce safety regulation.

The FDA’s produce rule requires companies to employ at least one person who has completed the equivalent of this eight-hour class. These classes will be offered in Northern and Central California production areas and will be presented in both English and Spanish.

This eight hour class will cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to Produce Safety
  • Worker Health, Hygiene, and Training
  • Soil Amendments
  • Wildlife, Domesticated Animals, and Land Use
  • Agricultural Water
  • Post-harvest Handling and Sanitation
  • How to Develop a Farm Food Safety Plan

Workshops will be offered for $20. The cost includes lunch, grower training manuals and a certificate of course attendance recognized by the FDA. These workshops are provided through a contract awarded by the California Department of Food and Agriculture to AgSafe, with support from Western Growers.

The available workshops will be held on the following dates:

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Classes are from 8:00am – 5:00pm, please arrive early to sign in.

WG and AgSafe started offering these courses in January in an effort to better prepare the specialty crop industry for the new FSMA regulations, and the last seven courses will take place this month. WG also created a FSMA Resource Portal that houses information, resources and tools to assist with the implementation of new regulations. Click here to access the portal.