The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA), Colorado State University (CSU) Extension and the Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) invite produce growers to a Produce Safety Rule Grower Training, May 11 at the Colorado Department of Agriculture, 305 Interlocken Parkway, Broomfield.
“This training will provide information on produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety,” said Martha Sullins, CSU Extension and co-chair of the CFVGA Food Safety Committee.
She explained that the 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 course will cover:
- 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
Sullins said, “There will be time for questions and discussion, so participants should come prepared to share their experiences and produce safety questions.”
After attending the entire course, participants will be eligible to receive a certificate from the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) that verifies completion. All materials, lunch and other refreshments will be provided. Cost is $100 for CFVGA members and $200 for non-members.
For additional information, please contact Sullins at 970-491-3330, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the Produce Safety Alliance, visit https://producesafetyalliance.cornell.edu/.
To register for the course, go to: https://cfvga-conference.eventbrite.com
To join CFVGA and save $100 on the course: https://coloradoproduce.org/join-the-growers-association-2/.