Almost 50 Ocean Mist Farms employees in five different departments participated in a custom training session led by the U.S. Department of Agriculture at its headquarters in Castroville, Calif.
Ocean Mist Farms quality assurance manager Arlin Valenzuela invited the USDA to train staff about how the regulatory agency both inspects and grades product at shipping and receiving points, according to a news release.
Several of the commodities that Ocean Mist Farms grows were reviewed as part of the training.
“The session was highly beneficial and allowed our team to better understand our specifications compared to the USDA’s and any variations between the two,” Valenzuela said in the release. “It supports our culture of quality and our strategic initiative to consistently innovate our product quality assurance specifications and procedures.”
Staff from field harvesting, quality assurance, food safety, sales and senior management participated in the training to ensure that the company's employees have the opportunity to perform the product inspections better.
Senior training specialist Mike Morelli and standardizations and master trainer Dave Horner, both USDA officials, conducted the training.