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FSMA Grower Food Safety Training Course Set for Feb. 20, Denver, Colo.

For Immediate Release:  Jan. 10, 2017

Contacts:           Martha Sullins 970-491-3330 or martha.sullins@colostate.edu  

Marilyn Drake 303-594-3827 or admin@coloradoproduce.org               

FSMA Grower Food Safety Training Course Set for Feb. 20, Denver, Colo.
The Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) and Rocky Mountain Farmers Union (RMFU) will host a Produce Safety Training, Feb. 20 at the Renaissance Denver Stapleton Hotel. Completion of this Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) training will enable growers to comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) that went into effect last year.

During the full day training, participants will learn about produce safety, FSMA, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and natural resources and food safety.  Fruit and vegetable growers and anyone else interested in these topics is invited to attend. Those successfully completing the course will be eligible to receive a certificate from the Association of Food and Drug Officials that verifies course completion.

“CFVGA is very pleased to be able to bring this training to growers in conjunction with the CFVGA annual conference, which is scheduled for Feb. 21, the following day,” said Dominic Disanti, CFVGA Food Safety Committee Chair. “We are offering a $100 discount in price to CFVGA and to RMFU members to attend this training, which is a tremendous value.”

For more information about this training course, please contact Martha Sullins, Colorado State University Extension at 970-491-3330, or Martha.sullins@colostate.edu For more information about other scheduled PSA grower training courses, please visit the PSA website at http://producesafetyalliance.cornell.edu.

To register for the Produce Safety Training, go to: https://cfvga_2017_conf.eventbrite.com.  To join CFVGA and save $100 on the Produce Safety Training: https://coloradoproduce.org/join-the-growers-association-2/.  To join FMFU and save $100 on this training: https://www.rmfu.org/get-involved/become-a-member/

CFVGA is comprised of more than 200 members, including growers of all sizes and types of production throughout the state, as well as representatives of allied industries. The Colorado fruit and vegetable growing sector contributes nearly $300 million to Colorado at the farm gate and is multiplied as it goes through the distribution chain. Over 60,000 Colorado acres are in fruit and vegetable production.

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