Recall Ready Workshops
Tree fruit is still considered a low-risk category when it comes to food safety, but recalls do happen and the new Food Safety Modernization Act requires all FDA-registered facilities have a written recall plan. Tim Kovis, Communications Manager for the Washington State Tree Fruit Association says they have a couple of workshops coming up to get you prepared.
KOVIS: We have two Recall Ready workshops on March 22nd in Yakima and then March 23rd in Wenatchee, we have speakers from United Fresh and some researchers from WSU to come in to talk about what you need to be ready for in case FDA issues a recall of product coming out of either your warehouse or your orchard.
Kovis says they will discuss a number of topics.
KOVIS: How to handle the call from FDA; understand what your legal responsibility before, during and then after the recall; how to communicate to consumers and the media; minimizing negative impact; how to write a recall plan and then what to expect throughout the process and when FDA does show up to the orchard or packing shed to do their investigation.
You can register on their website, wstfa.org.
KOVIS: If they go to our events calendar they can sign up and pay for the workshops. With the new Food Safety Modernization Act there's a lot of growers and packers that have questions and concerns of how exactly do they need to implement these new requirements.
That's today's Fruit Grower Report. I'm Greg Martin on the Ag Information Network of the West.