The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA), along with its partners at the University of Georgia and New Mexico State University, recently developed an online, animated tool with three learning modules to help educators and farm managers reinforce fundamental cleaning and sanitizing concepts. The tool is intended to help growers comply with the sanitation requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule.

The tool emphasizes how to select a sanitizer and monitor its concentration using test strips and titration kits. It also simulates how to follow proper monitoring procedures, evaluate results, and record findings. The modules are visually engaging and interactive, requiring users to apply critical thinking and realistic decision-making. All of the tool’s content is available in English and Spanish.

Development of the tool was funded by the WSDA Food Safety Program, the WSDA Regional Markets Program, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).