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December 6, 2016

WG Offers FSMA Training in Arizona and Colorado

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. Training will be offered January 4-6 in Yuma, Arizona, and February 1-3 in Brighton, Colorado.

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, WG is officially opening registration for two additional courses that will take place in Arizona and Colorado.

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 with UC Davis, the main FSPCA lead instructor of this class, will be joined by lead FSPC instructors Dr. Jim Gorny with PMA and Sonia Salas with WG.

Don’t forget to check WG’s FSMA Resources Portal as it contains valuable resources for the implementation of 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.



Colorado Course

Date: February 1-3, 2017

Location: Adams County Extension Office

9755 Henderson Rd.

Rendezvous Room

Brighton, CO 80601

Register by January 25th 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 by email at [email protected] or by phone at (949) 885-2251.