Food safety experts will present key concepts in regulatory requirements for the animal food industry

Kansas State University"s IGP Institute will be offering an NGFA–KSU Food Safety Modernisation Act (FSMA) Feed Industry Training course at the IGP Institute Conference Centre, February 20–22, 2018. This training will educate professionals about animal food safety regulations and walk through the process of creating a safety plan. 

The course will give individuals in the animal food industry the opportunity to gain an understanding of the new safety requirements and implement a plan for animal food safety as required by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

  "There are many new requirements, and this course will describe those requirements to participants as well as give some ideas for implementation and training to those concepts," says Cassandra Jones, associate professor at Kansas State University. Jones adds that she is excited to offer the training for industry and regulators. 

The training is a repeat offering with an additional component that will be accredited by the HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points) Alliance. Upon completion of both courses, participants will receive two certificates and will be able to demonstrate a "preventative controls qualified individual" to the FDA. 

H.L. Goodwin, former course participant and senior economist for the indigenous food and agricultural initiative at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas, describes his experience of the course. 

"I really enjoyed the trainers and lead instructors in the course who were so knowledgeable and interactive, and they really made you feel good about what you were learning," says Mr Goodwin. 

The curriculum of the course was developed by the Food Safety Preventative Controls Alliance. The separate HACCP component occurs on the final day following the animal food training, requires registration and is accredited by the International HACCP Alliance. 

Mr Goodwin says, "It"s important, regardless of an operation"s hazard factors, for someone planning to be in the business long-term to go to an education program like this and become certified." 

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