Borton Fruit gears up for New Food Safety Legislation

Yakima, WA – The Washington State Tree Fruit Association hosted their 111th Hort Expo here at the Yakima Convention Center December 7th – 9th.  This Expo is the largest Tree Fruit educational gathering in the Country.  Our Food Safety & Compliance Director, Jeremy Leavitt, attended for Borton and happened to be part of the Food Safety Panel Discussion that took place Wednesday, December 9th.

The three person panel made up of industry experts and researchers was asked to discuss the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) with the FDA’s Health Communication Specialist, Miriam Burbach. The panels’ questions covered both the Preventative Control Rule and the Produce Safety Rule under the newly released FSMA guidelines.  To view please see link: http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/FSMA/ucm334115.htm.

Jeremy will be attending Lead Instructor training at the University of California Davis in March. Through this training, provided by the Food Safety Preventative Controls Alliance (FSPCA), he will acquire certification to train other industry professionals as a Preventative Controls Qualified Individual.  The training provided by the FSPCA will help companies comply with the requirements of the FSMA Preventative Controls Rule.  The rule requires that facilities have a qualified Preventative Controls Individual develop and apply their food safety program. 

These training sessions should start sometime in late March and will be available to all industry professionals at a reasonable and fair rate. Please contact Jeremy Leavitt at (509) 823-2754 for more information and dates. 

 

Posted January 22, 2016


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