FSMA Training Available in Colorado

The new FDA Preventive Controls for Human Food rule is intended to ensure safe manufacturing/processing, packing and holding of food products for human consumption in the U.S. The regulation requires that certain activities must be completed or overseen by a “preventive controls qualified individual.”

One way to meet the requirements for a “preventive controls qualified individual” is to complete the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) Preventive Controls for Human Food Course. This course, which will be offered Feb. 1-3 in Brighton, CO, in the Adams County Extension Office, was developed by the FSPCA, and is the standardized curriculum recognized by FDA.

It will feature examples relevant to produce packinghouses covered by this rule; however, fresh-cut produce operations and other food facilities will benefit from this course, as well.

To successfully complete the course, a participant must be present for the entire delivery and actively participate in the exercises. Individuals who complete this training successfully will receive a “Preventive Controls Training Certificate” issued by the Institute for Food Safety and Health, the International Food Protection Training Institute and the Association of Food and Drug Officials.

This training, which is geared for members of the produce industry, is hosted by Western Growers in collaboration with University of California (UC), Davis, the Produce Marketing Association (PMA) and the Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association. Dr. Trevor Suslow from UC Davis and PMA’s Dr. Jim Gorny will be teaching this course.

To secure your spot, register by Jan. 25.   

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