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Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course Announcement
Start: Tuesday, January 15, 2019
End: Tuesday, January 15, 2019
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Ohio Produce Network, Embassy Suites
5100 Upper Metro Place, Dublin, OH 43017

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course Announcement

The Ohio Department of Agriculture, Division of Food Safety and the Ohio Produce Growers & Marketers Association are announcing a Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Grower Training on January 15, 2019 to be held at the Ohio Produce Network, Embassy Suites, 5100 Upper Metro Pl, Dublin, OH 43017. The training will be one day, 8:00AM-5:00PM. 

The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in § 112.22(c) which states ‘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 basic produce safety; worker health, hygiene, and training; soil amendments; wildlife, domesticated animals, and land use; agricultural water (both production and postharvest); postharvest handling and sanitation; and developing a farm food safety plan. As a participant you can 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; how to begin implementing produce safety practices on the farm; parts of a farm food safety plan and how to begin writing one; and requirements in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and how to meet them. There will be time for questions and discussion, so participants should come prepared to share their experiences and produce safety questions. More information on the training can be found in the following internet links: https://producesafetyalliance.cornell.edu/training/grower-training-courses  https://www.agri.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/oda/divisions/food-safety/resources/produce-safety 

To receive a completion certificate, a participant must be present for the entire training and submit the appropriate paperwork to their trainer at the end of the course. 

Registrations need to be submitted to:
Email: ohiopgma@gmail.com
6870 Licking Valley Road
Frazeysburg, Ohio 43822
For questions about the PSA training at the Ohio Produce Network please contact OPGMA at (740) 828-3400, ohiopgma@gmail.com or visit the OPGMA website.


Matt Fout
Produce Safety Manager, Division of Food Safety
Ohio Department of Agriculture