SHELDON, Iowa — Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, O’Brien County will host a Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training. Fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety should plan to attend.
The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in § 112.22(c) that 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 training will take place at the Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon, Iowa on
March 8, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Iowa State Extension and Outreach faculty and specialists will lead the course.
The fee is $20 per person for Iowa growers, and $120 for out of state growers. The fee includes the Produce Safety Alliance manual, a certificate of completion, and lunch.
To register and pay with a credit card, go to the Safe Produce website, https://www.safeproduce.cals.iastate.edu/events, and click on the preferred training.
To register and pay with a check, email Iowafsma@iastate.edu or call 515-294-6773, and a paper registration form will be mailed to you.
It is strongly recommended individuals with little to no previous Good Agricultural Practices experience or education view the Iowa GAP I videos prior to attendance. The videos can be accessed free of charge at http://safeproduce.cals.iastate.edu/iowa-gap-good-agriculturalpractices-program.
This project is funded by the State and Territory Cooperative Agreement to Enhance Produce Safety in Preparation of Implementation of FDA’s Rule: Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption, through FDA grant 1U18FD005810-01 (CFDA #93.102-Food and Drug Administration Research.)
— Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
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