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Canadian Produce Marketing Association has partnered with National Sanitation Foundation Canada to offer food safety, regulatory and quality assurance workshops to association members and nonmembers starting in March.

The workshops are targeted toward small and medium-sized local growers, packers and shippers, although all produce supply-chain professionals are welcome and encouraged to attend, according to a news release.

Workshop topics include: food safety principles, an overview of the current regulatory landscape, Safe Food for Canadians regulations and an introduction to quality assurance principles.

Attendees can expect interactive exercises, discussions and opportunities to apply new knowledge gained, including assessing and using the Safe Food for Canadians regulations where appropriate to better understand of produce-specific preventive control plan requirements.

Safe Food for Canadians regulations officially came into force for the produce industry January 15, according to the release, and the association plans to support ongoing member compliance through these workshops.

The first workshop will be at the Ontario Food Terminal in Toronto, with support from the Ontario Produce Marketing Association, March 17 and 18, for $25 per person. To register, visit this website. Other workshop dates and cities across Canada will be announced.

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