David Fairfield, NGFA’s senior vice president of feed, has been elected from a pool of more than 80 candidates to serve as a member of the nine-member Executive Advisory Board (EAB) of the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA). He is one of only two members from the animal food sector; the other is Chris Lincecum, feed safety director for NGFA-member Cooperative Farmers Elevator in Ocheyedan, Iowa.
Created in 2015, the FSCPCA is internationally recognized as the trusted source for curricula, training programs, and outreach for the prevention-oriented standards of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Fairfield also served as an inaugural member of the FSPCA organizing and steering committees formed in 2011, and headed the animal food section.
FSPCA developed and executed standardized training curricula for Preventive Controls for Human and Animal Foods, Foreign Supplier Verification Programs, and Intentional Adulteration. With development and FDA funding completed, FSPCA said it is focusing now on new initiatives and funding to address emerging issues and drive high-quality FSMA training as the global leader in excellence. The FSPCA EAB focus is on new strategies to develop, improve, and market core curricula, products, and services for the food industry to promote compliance with the FSMA rules as well as maintaining high quality instruction by lead instructors, FSCPA said in its May 8 announcement.
Fairfield joined NGFA in 2001 after spending 20 years managing operations for U.S. animal feed companies. In addition to his role at FSPCA, he also participates as a subject matter expert within a variety of forums, including the Association of American Feed Control Officials, Global Food Safety Initiative, and International Organization for Standardization (ISO).