By David Fairfield, Senior Vice President of Feed Services
Registration is open for the NGFA-Kansas State University Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) training course scheduled for Sept. 26-28 in Manhattan, Kan. This course is targeted for businesses that need to comply with FDA’s rule for Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-based Preventive Controls for Food for Animals.
The FDA animal food rule requires that certain activities specified within the regulations be completed by a “preventive controls qualified individual.” Such activities include overseeing or performing: 1) preparation of the required food safety plan; 2) validation of the preventive controls; 3) records review; 4) reanalysis of the food safety plan; and 5) other activities as appropriate to the food.
As defined by the animal food rule, a preventive controls qualified individual “means a qualified individual who has successfully completed training in the development and application of risk-based preventive controls at least equivalent to that received under a standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by FDA or is otherwise qualified through job experience to develop and apply a food safety system.” This course, developed by the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA), is the “standardized curriculum” recognized by FDA. Successfully completing this course is one way to meet the requirements for a “preventive controls qualified individual.” Fairfield chaired the FSPCA working group that developed the training program for animal food.
Note that this course offers both FSPCA training and accredited hazard analysis and critical control point (HACCP) training. Course participants may register for just the FSPCA training or for both the FSPCA and HACCP training. Click on this registration link and scroll to the NGFA-KSU Food Safety Modernization Act Training course listings to access more information.
The upcoming September event will be the seventh course that the NGFA and KSU have offered since June 2016. Most of the courses offered to-date have sold out, so interested members are encouraged to register soon if they wish to attend.