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Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Grower Training

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Southern Oregon Research & Extension Center

569 Hanley Road

Central Point, OR 97502

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Your ticket purchase includes the following:

  • Full-day of instruction by certified Produce Safety Alliance trainers

  • Certificate of course completion ($35 value)

  • PSA Grower Training manual ($65 value)

  • Morning snack, coffee, lunch (Please contact Chantal at 503-910-1523 if you have dietary restrictions)

Funding for this training is made possible by the Food and Drug Administration through grant PAR-16-137 and the Food Safety Outreach Program Grant No. 2017-70020-27250 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. 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.

Who Should Attend

Produce growers, buyers, and others interested in learning about:

  • Best food safety practices for growing, harvesting and packing produce

  • Key requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule

  • Foundation of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs)

  • Co-management of natural resources and food safety.

Even if your farm or operation isn't covered by the rule (check here!) this low-cost, up-to-the-minute training is a great opportunity for anyone growing, harvesting or handling covered produce.

As a reminder, the PSA Grower Training Course is currently the only 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:

  1. Introduction to Produce Safety

  2. Worker Health, Hygiene, and Training

  3. Soil Amendments

  4. Wildlife, Domesticated Animals, and Land Use

  5. Agricultural Water (Part I: Production Water; Part II: Postharvest Water)

  6. Postharvest Handling and Sanitation

  7. 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. Participants must be at least 14 years of age to receive the AFDO certificate. 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.

Questions?

Call Chantal Pettit at 503-986-4630 or email cpettit@oda.state.or.us

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Southern Oregon Research & Extension Center

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