Borton Fruit’s Safety Team Takes Part in Recent Industry Trainings

Yakima, WA – Borton Fruit’s Food Safety & Compliance Director Jeremy Leavitt has been busy over the past couple weeks, participating as an instructor and trainer in four industry-wide trainings and workshops.

The first two were Produce Safety Alliance Grower Trainings held by the Washington State Tree Fruit Association (WSTFA) in Yakima, WA on May 22nd and 23rd.  The focus in these trainings was to fulfill the FSMA Produce Safety rule requirement of having one person in each company trained in curriculum approved by the FDA or its equivalent.  Jeremy was a lead instructor in both of these courses.  “The focus is to train as many people as possible at a discounted rate, using the WSTFA’s grant monies” Jeremy said. “I was very glad that I was able to help and able to gain some important practice as an Instructor under the new FSMA rules.”

The next two courses focused on cleaning and sanitation. One was held May 31st at Allan Brothers Fruit – Naches, WA and the other was June 1st at McDougall and Sons – Wenatchee, WA.    Both Jeremy and our new Sanitation Manager Joe Kintner were trainers in these courses, each running a specific sanitation station.  “I was really happy to see Joe get some valuable experience training within the industry, he has been a great addition to the Borton Fruit team” Jeremy said. These courses provided an opportunity to learn cleaning and sanitation techniques in a hands-on environment, while touching on a wide variety of industry challenges and providing demonstrated solutions.

Consumer safety is a #1 priority here at Borton Fruit, which is why we are continually obtaining Food Safety industry leaders to be a part of our team. Jeremy and his crew are continuing to improve and maintain the finest industry food safety standards through all of Borton Fruit’s growing and packing processes.  

Posted June 09, 2017

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