Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training – Feb 23, 2019
We are pleased to announce that we will be conducting a Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training at the Pick TN Conference in Franklin on Saturday, February 23 from 8 AM to 4:30 PM. This is a great place to start to get your Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) questions answered! As a reminder, all non-exempt farms are required to have at least one person on the farm who has attended an approved FSMA Produce Safety Rule training, like this one. Even if you are exempt, you are required to keep specific records, which we will go over in the workshop.

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During the workshop, we 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
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.

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.

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. This is currently the only training approved by the FDA to meet the FSMA educational requirement.

The price of the training is $50, thanks to support from the TN Department of Agriculture. This registration fee includes a light breakfast and lunch during the workshop. For more information or to register, please click here.

***NOTE: This training has a separate registration fee and sign-up than the Pick TN Conference itself. To register for the Pick TN Conference, click here.