A United Fresh Produce Association course on preparing for food recalls and crisis communications has been so successful, it’s now offered online.

The Washington, D.C.-based association is offering “Training for a Recall, Communicating Under Fire,” through the United Fresh Foundation’s Center for Food Safety and Quality, according to a news release. The program starts March 11 and consists of six weekly, hour-long sessions.

United Fresh to offer online recall training


Food and Drug Administration representatives, attorneys and food safety experts are involved in the presentations, according to the news release. Topics include a company’s rights and responsibilities during a recall, liability issues, customer communications and a step-by-step guide to navigate a recall.

“We’ve received a fantastic turnout for each in-person version of this course, but space was limited,” United Fresh senior vice president of member services Victoria Backer said in the release. “This new online series provides a cost-effective opportunity for us to reach a much broader audience, bringing the same industry-leading concepts and exercises from the recall course right to the participant’s desk.”

Presenters scheduled for the course include:

  • Larry Howell, recall and emergency coordinator for the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition;
  • David Durkin of Olson, Frank & Weeda law firm;
  • United Fresh senior vice president of food safety and technology David Gombas; and
  • Ray Gilmer, United Fresh’s vice president of communications.

Registration for the course

is $495 for United Fresh members; $695 for non-members.

More information is available from United Fresh Education Manager Julie Jacocks at 202-303-3400, ext. 405, or at jjacocks@unitedfresh.org.