The West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) is sponsoring a two-day training session for food manufacturers on how to create plans in case of recalled food.

The course, set for July 8-9 at the Bridgeport Conference Center, is for farmers and processors who manufacture, process, pack, hold or import human foods.

The class, beginning at 8 a.m. each day, will include recall definitions, establishing a recall team, recall plan elements, communication, how to work with regulators and how to handle returned product.

Participants will receive a recall plan template and learn how to develop their own plans. 

“Worst case scenario for any food company is consumers becoming ill," Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt said in the release. "Understanding how to handle a food recall can make or break a company, regardless of size. We hope folks take advantage of this opportunity.”

He said when developing a plan, there are a number of questions to be answered, such as, "How do we get this food off the market? How do we locate that food? How do we notify distributors?" 

Instructors for the class are nationally recognized food safety experts Dr. Robert Williams, Associate Professor of Food Science and Technology at Virginia Tech and Joel Effert, Director of the Food Innovations Program at Virginia Tech.

 

Cost for the class is $30. 

For more information, contact Cindy Martel at cmartel@wvda.us or 304-541-9756. 

— Email: wholdren@register-herald.com and follow on Twitter @WendyHoldren

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