MANHATTAN, Kan. — Creating safe and effective products while following regulation guidelines was the topic of the NGFA–KSU Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) training held at the IGP Institute on February 18–20, 2020. This training educated industry professionals around the U.S. on the animal food safety regulations set by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Course participants were able to see a complete walk-through for the steps in creating a feed safety plan and implementing them into their companies. The course totaled 52 participants representing 17 states.
“This was our largest class ever,” says Cassandra Jones, course instructor and associate professor of animal sciences and industry. “We have seen participants shift from active writing of the food safety plan to its implementation, so they are bringing different questions.”
She adds, “Some of the participants are even re-taking the class because they have moved to a new role or have new considerations, so it’s fun to see some familiar faces with different perspectives.”
Like Jones, participants gained information from the diverse corporations in attendance.
“My favorite part was the hands-on training in groups,” says Tim Hieger, location manager for Mid Kansas Coop. “I learn better by doing and it is always interesting to get viewpoints from different industries.”
The course offered additional components to allow two certificates upon completion — one from the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) and the other from the International Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) Alliance. To receive course completion each participant had to fully demonstrate the requirements by a “preventative controls qualified individual” per the FDA’s regulations.
In addition to supporting professional food safety training the IGP Institute also offers training in grain processing and flour milling, grain marketing and risk management, and feed manufacturing and grain quality management. To learn more about other upcoming courses visit the IGP website at www.grains.ksu.edu/igp.
— Katlin Allton, Communications Intern, IGP Institute, Department of Grain Science and Industry, Kansas State University
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