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PSA-Approved Produce Safety Training

Fresno, Calif., (February 27, 2018) – California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) Foundation is offering a Produce Safety Training in English and Spanish on Wednesday, March 7, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at the Clovis Veterans Memorial District, 808 4th St., Clovis. Both organic and non-organic growers are welcome to attend the workshop.

The training will meet the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requirement for produce growers. The trainers will spend approximately seven hours of instruction time covering content contained in these seven modules: 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.

Food safety technical assistance opportunities will be highlighted, including services provided by Fresno County U.C. Cooperative Extension, CCOF, and the California Center for Cooperative Development.

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.

Cost to attend is $35 per person and includes lunch, course materials and certificate. For more information, contact the CCOF Foundation at ccoffoundation@ccof.org or 831-423-2263.

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