JACKSON, Mich. — This free grant funded one-day workshop is offered by Michigan State University Extension. The training will cover the curriculum designed by the Produce Safety Alliance, which meets the regulatory requirements of the Produce Safety Rule under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The course will provide FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements, how to manage your operation to reduce risks associated with fresh produce contamination and details on how to develop a farm food safety plan.
Day-long Course Schedule (subject to change):
- 9 a.m. Registration
- 9:30 a.m. Training
- 12 p.m. Lunch (On Own)
- 1:15 p.m. Training
- 4 p.m. Evaluation, certificate application
The following required modules will be included:
- Introduction to Produce Safety
- Worker Health, Hygiene, and Training
- Soil Amendments
- Wildlife, Domestic Animals, & Land Use
- Agricultural Water
- Post-harvest Handling and Sanitation
- How to Develop a Farm Food Safety Plan
WHO SHOULD ATTEND: At least one supervisor from the farm must complete the food safety training. The class is limited to a maximum of 40 attendees. Registration closes five days prior to the event or until full.
Preregistration required online:
To register for a training in 2018– https://events.anr.msu.edu/2018FallPSA/
To register for a training in Winter 2019– https://events.anr.msu.edu/2019WinterPSA/
To register for a training in Spring 2019– https://events.anr.msu.edu/2019SpringPSA/
WHY: This PSA Grower Training Course satisfies the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in §112.22(c), which requires ‘At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.’ The certificate of course completion will be issued at a later date when all paperwork has been reviewed. Participants must attend all seven modules to obtain certification.
WHEN/WHERE: Choose from one of the following fall training dates, whichever best fits your schedule.
November 7th – Dundee, MI
110 Cabela’s Blvd E, Dundee, MI 48131
December 6th – Grand Rapids, MI
Amway Grand Hotel
187 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
*This training coincides with the Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable, Farm Market, and Greenhouse Growers Expo
Jan 9th – Adrian, MI
Lenawee County Extension
1040 S Winter St. #2020, Adrian, MI 49221
Jan 17th – Traverse City, MI
NW MI Horticulture Research Station
6686 S. Center Highway Traverse City, MI 49684
* This training will run from 10am-5pm
Jan 31st – Grand Rapids, MI
Kent County Extension
775 Ball Avenue NE Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Feb 5th – Benton Harbor, MI
Berrien County Extension
1737 Hillandale Rd, Benton Harbor, MI 49022
Feb 8th— Kalamazoo, MI
KVCC Food Innovation Center
224 E. Crosstown Kalamazoo, MI 49001
*This training coincides with the Michigan Family Farms Conference.
March 14th— Fremont, MI
Fremont Public Library
104 E Main St, Fremont, MI 49412
April 9th— Stephenson, MI
Menominee County Extension
S904 US-41, Stephenson, MI 49887
April 11th—St. Ignace, MI
St. Ignace Public Library
110 W. Spruce Street, St. Ignace, MI 49781
Funding Statement: **Funding for this program was made possible by the Food and Drug Administration through grant PAR-16-137. The views expressed in the program do not necessarily reflect the official policies if the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does any mention of trade names, commercial practices or organization imply endorsement by the United States Government.
— Michigan State University Extension
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