Onion farm

An onion field near Ontario, Ore. A training session on the new Food Safety Rule will be offered in Ontario.

Oregon Department of Agriculture and Oregon State University Extension specialists plan a Feb. 12 course in Ontario covering federal Produce Safety Rule compliance.

The course is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mountain time at the Clarion Inn Ontario, 1249 Tapadera Ave. Check in is at 7:30. A $35 fee includes coffee and lunch, a training manual and completion certificate.

The Produce Safety Rule is part of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s efforts to carry out its Food Safety Modernization Act. The rule establishes science-based minimum standards for safely growing, harvesting, packing and holding fruits and vegetables grown for raw consumption. Inspections are slated to start this spring.

One representative from each covered farm must receive FDA-accredited training. Growers with annual gross produce sales below $25,000 are exempt.

The Ontario course is slated to cover identifying microbial risks, reducing risks, and how to best start using recommended produce-safety practices on the farm, an announcement posted on the Pacific Northwest Pest Alert Network said. Instructors will discuss a safety plan’s parts and how to start writing a plan. They will detail the rule’s requirements and how to meet them.

For information, contact Chantel Petit at 503-986-4630 or cpetit@oda.state.or.us. Online registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/produce-safety-alliance-psa-grower-training-tickets-53020538859.

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