WSTFA Host’s Grower Training Course at Borton Fruit

Yakima, WA – The Washington State Tree Fruit Association hosted a very informative training here at our Borton office last week that prepared trainers for the upcoming FSMA Produce Rule. Barb Fick, Don Stoeckel and Donna Pahl of the Produce Safety Alliance were the course instructors.  This training course brought attendance from many local shippers as well as state and academic professionals , and provided an industry-wide mandatory certification for Trainers after attending the two-day course.

The course went over each key requirement the FDA is implementing in the industry through the new Produce Safety Rule which is part of FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act). To view these standards for Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption, please visit link;

The workshop was formatted to bring people in the local Apple Industry together to work on a curriculum that will help us in relaying the FSMA Produce Rule to the local growers. Jeremy Leavitt, our Food Safety & Compliance Director, said “The main challenge for local growers will be the increased scrutiny being placed on Agricultural water sources by the FDA.  This workshop helps us as trainers in delivering a consistent and unified message to the local growers about how we can manage our resources and prepare for upcoming federal requirements.  We are very lucky to have the Produce Safety Alliance working with us to make sure we are prepared as an industry and at state and academic levels as well.”  The workshop included local researchers, state officials and many of the local experts in food safety.  “There was a ton of knowledge in the room and a lot of great questions being asked.  We quickly realized that we don’t have all of the answers yet, much will depend on the upcoming release of FDA Guidance documents,” he went onto say.

Borton Fruit has been working very hard to remain in compliance since the FSMA rule came into play and began training grower/shippers back in 2010. As more requirements have been released, we have been right out front, enhancing our best cultural practices to make sure we meet each one.  Borton Fruit was very happy to help in hosting such an informative training and is thankful for all of the industry professionals that attended.  Consumer safety is a very important topic that will always be our main priority throughout the growing, packing and storage processes, and it’s nice to see so many people in the industry coming together in making sure this is accomplished within FDA guidelines. 

Posted January 24, 2017

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