BATAVIA, N.Y. — 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 are encourage to attend the Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course and Optional Food Safety Plan Writing Workshop on April 5-6, 2017 in Batavia. Individuals who participate in this course are expected to gain a basic understanding of:
- Microorganisms relevant to produce safety and where they may be found on the farm
- How to identify microbial risks, practices that reduce risks, and how to begin implementing produce safety practices on the farm
- Parts of a farm food safety plan and how to begin writing one
- Requirements in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and how to meet them
The Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in section 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.’
What to Expect at the PSA Grower Training Course (Wednesday, April 5):
The trainers will spend approximately seven hours of instruction time covering content contained in these seven modules:
- Introduction to Produce Safety
- Worker Health, Hygiene, and Training
- Soil Amendments
- Wildlife, Domesticated Animals, and Land Use
- Agricultural Water (Part I: Production Water; Part II: Postharvest Water)
- Postharvest Handling and Sanitation
- How to Develop a Farm Food Safety Plan
In addition to learning about produce safety best practices, key parts of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements are outlined within each module. There will be time for questions and discussion, so participants should come prepared to share their experiences and produce safety questions.
After attending the entire course, participants will be eligible to receive a certificate from the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) that verifies they have completed the training course. 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.
Optional Workshop on Farm Food Safety Plan Writing (Thursday, April 6):
Although this is not a requirement of FSMA, it is for those being asked by their buyers to have a food safety plan and undergo a 3rd-party audit. Participation in the day 2 session is limited to those who previously attended a 1 day FSMA or GAPs training.
Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course and Optional Food Safety Plan Writing Workshop
April 5, 2017: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
April 6, 2017 (optional): 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Genesee County Fire Training Center, 7690 State St Rd, Batavia, NY 14020
Cost: $125 per person
Register: https://cvp.cce.cornell.edu/event_preregistration.php?event=705 by April 3.
For more info about this training, vegetable growers should contact Robert Hadad at 585-739-4065, or fruit growers should contact Craig Kahlke at585-735-5448.
—Cornell Cooperative Extension
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