The JIFSAN Train-the-Trainer course for Good Agriculture Practices (GAP) and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) was conducted from January 14-18, 2013 in Quito, Ecuador. The training team included Erick Snellman from the FDA and Christopher Walsh, Maria Plaza, and James Rushing from JIFSAN. Thirty participants attended the program.
Classroom activity included lectures with considerable Q and A. Case studies were used to facilitate discussion sessions on a wide range of produce safety topics. Special attention was given to the proposed Produce Rule on day when there was an open discussion regarding food laws and practices in both the U.S. and in Ecuador. On Day 3, participants traveled south on a field trip to Latacunga to visit a company that produces and processes broccoli.