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Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training & Train the Trainer

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 $35 and Train the Trainer is $75. Funding from the WSDA (grant #5U18005913-03) greatly reduced the cost of training.

Includes materials, certificate, lunches and refreshments.

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


 

Locations and Dates

**Registration is now closed for Mt Vernon**

PSA Grower Training
October 17, 2018
Fee: $35/person

WSU Mt. Vernon
16650 SR 536
Room: Sakuma Auditorium
Mount Vernon, WA 98273

Lead Instructor: Dr. Faith Critzer

PSA Grower Training
November 27, 2018
Fee: $35/person

WSU Spokane
412 E Spokane Falls Blvd
Spokane, WA 99202

Lead Instructor:  Dr. Faith Critzer

Register for PSA Grower Training November 27, 2018
PSA Grower Training
December 6, 2018
Fee: $35/person

Yakima Convention Center
10 N 8th St
Yakima, WA 98901
Room: TBA

Lead Instructors: Drs. Connie Fisk and Don Stoeckel

Register for PSA Grower Training December 6, 2018
PSA Train the Trainer
December 6-7, 2018
Fee: $75/person

Yakima Convention Center
10 N 8th St
Yakima, WA 98901
Room: TBA

Lead Instructors: Drs. Connie Fisk and Don Stoeckel

Register for PSA TTT Dec. 6-7, 2018
PSA Grower Training
January 29, 2019
Fee: $35/person

Holiday Inn Tacoma Mall
8402 S Hosmer St
Tacoma, WA 98444
Room TBA

Lead Instructor: Dr. Faith Critzer

Register for PSA Grower Training January 29, 2019
PSA Grower Training
February 19, 2019
Fee: $35/person

Anacortes Public Library
1220 10th St
Anacortes, WA 98221
Room: TBA

Lead Instructor:  Dr. Faith Critzer

Register for PSA Grower Training February 19, 2019
PSA Grower Training
March 6, 2019
Fee: $35/person

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

Lead Instructor:  Dr. Faith Critzer

Register for PSA Grower Training March 6, 2019 Register GT or TTT Multiple Venues
Cancellation

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

Grower Training cancellation fee: $5
Train the Trainer cancellation fee: $10

Substitutions

Substitutions are accepted at any time.  Please email Cathy Blood, blood@wsu.edu.

Payments

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