The implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act’s Produce Safety Rule (PSR) continues and mandates that every produce farm must have an employed individual who has completed a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved PSR Grower Training course. Due to current shelter-in-place orders the FDA has temporarily approved PSR remote training options.
The deadline to register for the May 14 course is Thursday, May 7. The registration deadline for the May 28 course is May 21. The registration fee is $60. Visit the WIFSS website to register. After completing the course, participants will be eligible to receive a certificate from the Association of Food and Drug Officials that verifies they have completed the training course.
Instruction is conducted via Zoom. Attendees must have their web cam and audio operating during the entire course in order to verify presence and participation. A required printed manual will be mailed to participants prior to the course.
David Goldenberg of the Western Institute for Food Safety and Security, Michele Jay-Russell of the Western Center for Food Safety and Donna Clements of the Produce Safety Alliance will lead the course. The topics to be covered include:
- The basics of microorganisms and where they may be found on the farm
- How to identify microbial risks and the practices that reduce risks
- How to write a farm food safety plan
- Requirements of the Produce Safety Rule and how to meet them