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Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training

The Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) was tasked with developing the standardized national produce safety training program to prepare fresh produce growers to meet the regulatory requirements in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule.

The PSA Grower Training Curriculum was created through a four-year nationwide development process. In 2011, after hosting an international gathering to review current educational resources, the PSA launched ten, open Working Committees (WCs), composed of one hundred seventy-eight unique members from academia, agriculture, industry, and regulatory agencies. The WCs identified key areas and learning objectives to be addressed in the grower curriculum. Additionally, grower preferences regarding produce safety training programs were collected by hosting eight in-person farmer focus groups nationwide, collecting feedback from eighty-nine produce growers.  In 2015 and 2016, the PSA also engaged with the FDA Division of Produce Safety staff to align the curriculum content with the final FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements and incorporate the regulatory language throughout the curriculum modules and teaching notes. The seven module PSA Grower Training Course was designed to be delivered in one day.

Who Should Attend

Fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety. The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in § 112.22(c) that requires ‘At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.’

What to Expect at the PSA Grower Training Course

The trainers will spend approximately seven hours of instruction time covering content contained in these seven modules:

  • Introduction to Produce Safety
  • Worker Health, Hygiene, and Training
  • Soil Amendments
  • Wildlife, Domesticated Animals, and Land Use
  • Agricultural Water (Part I: Production Water; Part II: Postharvest Water)
  • Postharvest Handling and Sanitation
  • How to Develop a Farm Food Safety Plan

In addition to learning about produce safety best practices, key parts of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements are outlined within each module. There will be time for questions and discussion, so participants should come prepared to share their experiences and produce safety questions.

Benefits of Attending the Course

The course will provide a foundation of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and co-management information, FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements, and details on how to develop a farm food safety plan. Individuals who participate in this course are expected to gain a basic understanding of:

  • Microorganisms relevant to produce safety and where they may be found on the farm
  • How to identify microbial risks, practices that reduce risks, and how to begin implementing produce safety practices on the farm
  • Parts of a farm food safety plan and how to begin writing one
  • Requirements in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and how to meet them.

After attending the entire course, participants will be eligible to receive a certificate from the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) that verifies they have completed the training course. To receive an AFDO certificate, a participant must be present for the entire training and submit the appropriate paperwork to their trainer at the end of the course.

Visit this website for the latest Train the Trainer Information: https://producesafetyalliance.cornell.edu/training/train-trainer-course/.

Costs to Attend

Total costs to attend the PSA Grower Training Course is $50. This price is subsidized by WSU and the fee will increase for future PSA Grower Trainings.

Includes materials, certificate, lunches and refreshments.

Dr. Faith Critzer is lead trainer.

Additional Information

For questions related to registering for the course, please contact:

Cathy Blood, Events Coordinator
blood@wsu.edu, 509-335-2845

For any other questions, please contact:
Faith Critzer, Produce Safety Extension Specialist
faith.critzer@wsu.edu, 509-786-9203

Funding for this training was made possible, in part, by the Food and Drug Administration through grant PAR-16-137. The views expressed in written materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does any mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organization imply endorsement by the United States Government


Payments

No checks, only credit cards or debit cards.

Register for PSA for GT Richland, WA 2/7/2020
PSA Grower Training
February 7, 2020

WSU Tri-Cities
2710 Crimson Way
Building CIC
Rooms: 120/120A
Richland, WA 99354

Class size limited to 30 people

Fee: $50/person

Register for PSA GT Moses Lake, WA 2/11/2020
PSA Grower Training
February 11, 2020

Grant County Fairgrounds
Huck Fuller Building
3953 Airway Dr NE
Moses Lake, WA 98837

Class size limited to 30 people

Fee: $50/person

Register for PSA GT Lynden, WA 2/18/2020
PSA Grower Training
February 18, 2020

Steakhouse 9
115 E Homestead Blvd
Lynden, WA 98264

Class size limited to 30 people

Fee: $50/person

Register for PSA GT Sequim, WA 2/20/2020
PSA Grower Training
February 20, 2020

Jamestown S’Klallam Tribal Center
1033 Old Blyn Hwy
Sequim, WA 98382

Class size limited to 30 people

Fee: $50/person

Register for PSA GT Walla Walla, WA 2/25/2020
PSA Grower Training
February 25, 2020

Walla Walla County Extension
Basement Room
328 W. Poplar Street
Walla Walla, WA 99362-2830

Class size limited to 25 people

Fee: $50/person

Register for PSA GT Manson, WA 2/26/2020
PSA Grower Training
February 26, 2020

Manson Grange 796
157 E Wapato Way
Manson, WA 98831

Class size limited to 30 people

Fee: $50/person

Register for PSA GT in Pullman, WA 3/7/2020
PSA Grower Training
March 7, 2020
Washington State University
Food Science Human Nutrition Building
Rooms 103/155
Pullman, WA 99164-6376

Class size is limited to 25, only 5 spaces left.

Check-in begins at 7:45 am and training begins promptly at 8 am – 5 pm.

Fee: $150 Partially subsidized by WSU.  Fee includes materials, certificate, refreshments, and lunch.

Lead Instructor: Dr. Stephanie Smith