Oregon Produce Growers Food Safety Training & Education Opportunity For Growers, Crew Leaders, and Labor Contractors

Following a 2011 E. coli related outbreak of illnesses and one death attributed to consumer purchases of fresh Oregon strawberries, Oregon berry industries are working together to minimize future berry related foodborne illnesses. They are sponsoring 2012 season food safety training for any Oregon produce growers and berry harvesters, regardless of farm size.

Oregon’s produce industry want consumers to feel confident that farmers are doing everything they can to ensure they are providing the healthiest and safest produce.

Any foodborne illness associated with Oregon produce has the potential to drastically affect growers of any size as well as processors using that product.

Take advantage of a 3-hour program providing food safety training designed to appeal to all farmers, and farms: Attendees are expected to share training information, with additional study guides, with their harvest crews, large and small wholesale, harvest crews, managers, and labor contractors. Training will be based on the California Strawberry Commission Food Safety Practices for Strawberry Harvest Workers™ study guide, which will be provided. THERE IS NO COST TO THE ATTENDEES.

Each training site will conduct a morning class in English followed by an afternoon class in Spanish.

Training dates, times and locations are as follows:

4/17/12 9 am -12 pm English Spencer Creek Grange No 855 86013 Lorane Hwy Eugene, Oregon 97402
4/17/12 1 pm -4 pm Spanish Spencer Creek Grange No 855 86013 Lorane Hwy Eugene, Oregon 97402
4/18/12 9 am -12 pm English Unger Farm Store 34880 SW Johnson School Road Cornelius OR, 97113
4/18/12 1 pm -4 pm Spanish Unger Farm Store 34880 SW Johnson School Road Cornelius OR, 97113
4/19/12 9 am -12 pm English North Willamette Research Station 15210 NE Miley Road Aurora, Oregon 97002
4/19/12 1 pm -4 pm Spanish North Willamette Research Station 15210 NE Miley Road Aurora, Oregon 97002
5/02/12 9 am -12 pm English Riverbend Organic Farm 35711 Helms Drive Jefferson, Oregon 97352
5/02/12 1 pm -4 pm Spanish Riverbend Organic Farm 35711 Helms Drive Jefferson, Oregon 97352
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