MANHATTAN, Kan. — Understanding safety regulations and the necessary compliances within animal food safety requirements set by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Kansas State University IGP Institute hosted the NGFA–KSU Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) training from January 29–31, 2019. This training educated 43 industry professionals on the new animal food safety regulations. Course participants were able to see a complete walk-through for the steps in creating a business safety plan.
“This was a diverse group of people representing facilities that make pet food, livestock feed and various ingredients,” says Cassandra Jones, course instructor and Kansas State associate professor of animal sciences and industry. “It was valuable to have such a diverse group so we can understand the requirements and flexibility of the Preventive Controls for Animal Food Rule.”
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. In order to receive course completion each participant had to fully demonstrate the requirements by a “preventative controls qualified individual” per the FDA’s regulations.
The course curriculum was developed by the Food Safety Preventative Controls Alliance. 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.
— Janelle Marney, Communications Intern, IGP Institute, Department of Grain Science and Industry, Kansas State University
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