Training Tools

NEW! Food Safety Apps: These apps will educate and train mushroom farm and packing-house employees on best practices, in light of new Food Safety Modernization Act regulations, OSHA Alliance initiatives and the ever-changing workforce. The two sets of interactive apps are available in English and Spanish. Employees complete a short quiz at the end of each app or module to demonstrate their knowledge of key topics.

English Version

The ABCs of Food Safety (English)

Mushroom Contaminants (English)

Personal Hygiene in a Mushroom Packinghouse (English)

Personal Hygiene on a Mushroom Farm (English)

Handwashing on a Mushroom Farm (English)

Handwashing in a Mushroom Packinghouse (English)

Cross-contamination on the Farm (English)

Cross-contamination in the Packinghouse (English)

Food Defense (English)

Spanish Version

The ABCs of Food Safety (Spanish)

Mushroom Contaminants (Spanish)

Personal Hygiene in a Mushroom Packinghouse (Spanish)

Personal Hygiene on a Mushroom Farm (Spanish)

Handwashing in a Mushroom Packinghouse (Spanish)

Handwashing on a Mushroom Farm (Spanish)

Cross-contamination on the Farm (Spanish)

Cross-contamination in the Packinghouse (Spanish)

Food Defense (Spanish)

The Basic Training Poster: The Basic Training poster and commitment form are intended to be used when employees are initially hired. It is not a substitute for the more comprehensive training provided by the Mushroom Food Safety Training Kit. The poster pictures 15 food safety areas in which employees must be trained upon hiring. The commitment form has short, written descriptions of each of the areas on the poster.

English Version        poster english        commitment form english

Spanish Version       poster english        commitment form english

The Food Safety Training Flip Chart: The Food Safety Training Flip Chart is a 68 page, full color presentation with five lessons. This training tool can be used in many locations around the farm. The five lessons vary in length and can be delivered individually or collectively. Electronic lesson files may be accessed below for printing. Or, you may order the 68 page, full color presentation in an 11×17 easel binder.

Introduction     Lesson 1     Lesson 2     Lesson 3     Lesson 4     Lesson 5

The Mushroom Industry Food Safety Training Kit (FSTK):The FSTK was developed for production supervisors, quality control personnel, extension agents and/or industry consultants who wish to conduct food safety training at mushroom farms and packing houses. The full kit includes hard copy and electronic versions of the lessons in English and in Spanish. In addition, the kit includes PowerPoint slides, posters and other companion documents.

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Food Safety Posters: Posters can be ordered individually or in a set of 9. Each poster is 11×17.

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Sanitation Practices at Mushroom Packinghouses Training Kit: This program utilizes the Cleaning and Sanitizing Practices at Mushroom Packinghouses Training Kitwhich supervisors, sanitation managers and quality control personnel can use to train sanitation crews in the basic principles of sanitation. For each of these areas, the kit will help the instructor to explain and demonstrate appropriate procedures and practices for lowering the risk of product contamination.

English and Spanish

packinghouse training        power point slides

Food Safety & Worker Safety Train-the-Trainer for Contractors Working on Mushroom Farms: The Mushroom Good Agricultural Practices (MGAP) standards require that all employees working at mushroom farms receive food safety training. This includes employees of companies contracted by the mushroom farm to provide any services.  This material can be used by contractors when training their employees in basic food safety and worker safety measures.

English Version

food safety contractor Instructors guide
basic food safety postercommitment formcompliance agreement

Spanish Version 

food safety contractorInstructors guidebasic food safety poster
commitment formcompliance agreement