The Fruits Commission of AGEXPORT, with support from the USDA’s Food and Agricultural Science and Technology program (FAST), organized on July 23, 2018 a training program on food safety for fresh fruit producers and exporters with destination to the United States.
The training program’s main objective was to teach food safety regulations for agriculture products entering the US as stated on the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). This law requires agriculture companies to have at least one supervisor on-site with training on food safety with a curriculum standardized and approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.
More than 50 agriculture producers of mangoes, berries, rambutan and avocados participated at the first edition of this training program and learned about food safety processes required for high-quality agriculture products to enter the United States, as well as preventive controls that can be implemented on those products. The program was given by Dr. Sergio Nieto-Montenegro of Produce Safety CTS Mexico.
AGEXPORT and USDA also organized free training sessions outside Guatemala City, specifically in Zacapa, Chimaltenango and Retalhuleu. At the end of these sessions, participants were issued a certificate of participation which guarantees their knowledge on food safety to the US FDA and even had the opportunity to opt for an additional certificate with the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) for an extra cost.