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The WSDA is set to begin inspecting the largest farms in Washington this growing season for compliance with the Produce Safety Rule. Last week the…

Environmental Monitoring Programs Workshop for the Fresh Produce Industry


Managing risk is paramount for fresh produce packers.  This 2.5 day course will seek to provide pertinent information for the control and elimination of foodborne pathogens within the packinghouse.  Come learn from experts in the field about foodborne pathogens of interest for environmental monitoring programs, principles behind hygienic management of packinghouses, hygienic design of equipment, and steps involved with developing, implementing and responding to an environmental monitoring program within your facility.  We have filled this course with opportunities for hands-on experiences to aid in your learning.

Who should attend?

Individuals who are working or managing fresh fruit and vegetable packers, especially those with food safety, quality assurance or compliance roles.

Cost to Attend

Total cost is $100.  Funding from the WSDA (Grant #5U18005913-03) greatly reduced the cost of training.

Includes materials, certificate, lunches and refreshments.


Dr. Faith Critzer: Produce Safety Extension Specialist and an Associate Professor at Washington State University

Dr. Mark Morgan: Professor of Food Engineering at the University of Tennessee Department of Food Science

Dr. Valentina Trinetta: Assistant Professor at Kansas State University within the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry


Cancellations will be accepted until 10 days to the course, and the registration fee, less the cancellation fee $20 will be refunded. After that time, no refunds will be made for cancellations.


Substitutions are accepted at any time.  Please email Cathy Blood,


Payments must be made prior to the start of the training.  Check payments must be sent to our office before the start of the training:
Washington State University
Attn: Cathy Blood
PO Box 646376
Pullman, WA 99164-6376

We accept Visa and Mastercard when paying online.


Day 1    
9:00-9:30 Registration
9:30-10:00 Welcome and introductions Faith Critzer
10:00-10:45 Why do we need an Environmental Monitoring Program (EMP)? Faith Critzer
10:45-11:00 Break


11:00-12:00 An introduction to foodborne pathogens and indicator organisms commonly targeted in produce packing facilities for EMPs Faith Critzer and Alexis Hamilton
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:00 Sanitary design for packinghouses- principles, processing plant layout and flow Mark Morgan
2:00-2:15 Break
2:15-3:30 Sanitary design for processing equipment Mark Morgan
3:30-4:30 Breakout session- evaluating sanitary design principles of produce packing equipment Mark Morgan, Alexis Hamilton and Faith Critzer
4:30-5:00 Reports for breakout session and wrap-up day 1


Day 2    
9:00-10:30 Where do I start? Developing an environmental monitoring program sampling plan Valentina Trinetta
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-12:00 Breakout session- hands-on introduction to sampling methodologies Alexis Hamilton, Faith Critzer and Valentina Trinetta
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-3:30 Breakout session- methods to detect and enumerate common indicator organisms Alexis Hamilton, Faith Critzer and Valentina Trinetta
3:30-3:45 Break
3:45-5:00 Evaluating environmental monitoring data Faith Critzer


Day 3    
9:00-10:30 Breakout session- interpreting results from swabbing exercise Faith Critzer and Valentina Trinetta
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-11:45 Environmental monitoring program corrective actions Faith Critzer
11:45-12:00 Course evaluation and adjourn

Additional Information

For questions related to registering for the course, please contact:
Cathy Blood, Events Coordinator,, 509-335-2845

For any other questions, please contact:
Faith Critzer, Produce Safety Extension Specialist,, 509-786-9203