Western Growers and AgSafe are taking a lead role in training California growers on the Food Safety Modernization Act’s Produce Safety Rule, through a series of classes next year.
The California Department of Food and Agriculture is funding the program’s 23 classes, awarding AgSafe a $192,000 contract. The classes, in English and Spanish, will be in Northern and Central California production areas.
The produce rule requires companies to employ at least one person who has completed the equivalent of this eight-hour class, according to a news release. AgSafe’s course, with input from Western Growers, includes additional resources for growers, packers and handlers, including common pitfalls, details on technical principles of the Produce Safety Rule, and other tools to help develop compliant food safety plans.
More information on the classes, including dates and locations and online registration, will be released at the start of the new year.
“It is an honor that CDFA has entrusted AgSafe and Western Growers to provide this essential training to growers across the state,” AgSafe President and CEO Amy Wolfe said in the release. “We look forward to ensuring growers have the knowledge and resources needed to comply with FSMA.”
AgSafe is a non-profit that provides training and outreach on food safety, labor relations, human resources and other services to the farming industry.