The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) has established the Produce Safety Rule, which forms, for the first time, science-based minimum standards for the safe growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of fruits and vegetables grown for human consumption.
Who should attend the grower training? 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.’
The trainer will cover content contained in these seven modules:
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:
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.
For more information about this rule, please visit the Cornell webpage here: https://producesafetyalliance.cornell.edu/training/grower-training-courses
For information on PSA in Spanish click here: https://es.producesafetyalliance.cornell.edu/
Important Note: The Produce Safety Alliance has informed COS that classes after 6/30/23 may not be approved for remote delivery. Stay tuned for more.
Please click the following link for a downloadable flyer of our food safety class schedule: Food Safety Summer/Fall 2023 – NEW!
This price includes Participant Manual and a $35 certificate fee. Lunch and refreshments will be provided for in-person classes.
COS Tulare Campus
4999 E. Bardsley Ave.
Tulare, CA 93274
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