(June 3) ATLANTA — The International Fresh-cut Produce Association is working to help the fresh-cut industry become more safety savvy.

The Alexandria, Va.-based association is offering a one day program on July 25 in Atlanta to educate managers, support personnel, quality assurance personnel and any other interested parties about the systems used to maintain the quality and safety of fresh-cut produce.

The program, entitled “Fresh-cut Technology: Basic Training,” will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Airport North in Atlanta. It is designed to help management personnel inform employees about the principles of food-safety and quality assurance.

Participants will take part in hands-on activities through several program modules, including integrating quality across production, maintenance, receiving and sanitation; sampling incoming ingredients and setting up inspection protocols; production problem diagnosis and problem solving; and sanitation effects on fresh-cut microbiology and shelf-life.

The program was designed by the association’s Technical Committee and is aimed at helping the entire-fresh-cut industry.

Cost of the program is $195 for association members and $295 for non-members. Special rates are available at the hotel, but reservations must be made by July 3 to qualify. Additional dates and locations for training may be added in the future.

For more information, call (703) 299-6282 or visit the Web site at www.fresh-cuts.org.