To help members understand the requirements and comply with the U.S. Food Safety Modernization Act
(FSMA), PMA is collaborating with Western Growers and the University of California Davis Cooperative Extension on training that meets the requirements of new regulations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. PMA’s Dr. Jim Gorny will be an instructor at an upcoming produce industry specific training session designed to inform produce businesses about how to comply with the FSMA Preventive Controls Rule for Human Foods
and Produce Safety Rule
Preventive Controls for Human Food Course
The Oct. 19-21 course at the Monterey County Farm Bureau is being led by Western Growers in collaboration with the University of California, Davis Cooperative Extension, and PMA. The FSMA Preventive Controls for Human Food Rule sets a new standard for the safe manufacturing/processing, packing and holding of food products for human consumption in the United States. The regulation requires certain activities must be completed or overseen by a “preventive controls qualified individual.” Completion of this course is one way to meet the requirements for a “preventive controls qualified individual.”
Dr. Gorny, a certified Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) lead instructor, will be joined by fellow lead instructors Dr. Trevor Suslow with the University of California Davis and Sonia Salas with Western Growers. The course 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. 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.
The fee for PMA and Western Growers members is $700; the fee for others is $1050. Additional training sessions will be held in Arizona and Colorado early next year. PMA is pleased to join Western Growers and UC Davis experts with their produce growing region-specific knowledge in delivering this important training. You may receive information from Western Growers as well. For details and to register, visit Western Grower’s registration page
. Register by Oct. 17 to be sure you have a place because class size is limited.
Produce Safety Workshop
Dr. Gorny will also be an instructor Nov. 1-3 in a produce safety workshop on the FSMA Produce Safety Rule being held at the University of California, Davis. This workshop offers an integrated approach to building a foundation of awareness and improved understanding of the current scientific basis for produce microbial safety systems and preventive controls. Completion of this course is one way to meet the training requirements of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule.
Content is primarily designed for entering and junior level produce safety professional across the supply-chain and affiliated industries. Many others with an interest in produce safety as educators, managers, or policy developers will also find the course content informative. This session fee is $950 and the training is limited to 50 people. It will be at the University of California Davis campus. For detailers and to register, visit the University of California Davis registration page