INA, Ill. — Do you have concerns about safety in your produce operation? Are you concerned about compliance with FSMA? Do you want to know more about the difference between FSMA and GAPs? Then the Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training might be for you!
On November 13, 2017, from 8:00am to 5:00pm CST, University of Illinois Extension will be holding a Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training workshop at Rend Lake College – Applied Science Center, Room 102, 468 N. Ken Gray Parkway, Ina, Illinois 62846
You can register and find more Information here:
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.’
Compliance dates for this requirement are based on the total amount of food sales for your farm, over a three-year period:
1) Exempt farms – Farms that have an average annual value of produce sold during the previous 3-year period less than $25,000 are excluded
HOWEVER, the rule requires documentation to support the exemption
2) Very small business – the average annual monetary value of produce sold during the previous 3-year period is between $25,000 and $250,000 – must complete training by 1/26/2020.
3) Small business – the average annual monetary value of produce sold during the previous 3-year period is no more than $500,000, and your farm is not a very small business – must complete training by 1/26/2019.
4) Other – the average annual monetary value of produce sold during the previous 3-year period is over $500,000 – must complete training by 1/26/2018.
After attending the entire course, participants will receive a certificate from the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) that verifies they have completed the training course. Certificates are required for individuals looking to meet the conditions of the FSMA Produce Rule. To receive an AFDO certificate, a participant must be present for the entire training and submit the appropriate paperwork to their trainer at the end of the course.
Costs to Attend
Costs for the workshop ($120.00) includes lunch, AFDO Certificate, and PSA Grower Training Manual.
Registration will close on October 27, 2017. There are a limited number of seats available for this training. Once the course is full, registration will close.
Cancellation Policy: Cancellation of the registration will forfeit the payment in full. Refunds will not be issued.
— University of Illinois Extension
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