Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service of Atascosa, Bexar, Frio, Medina, Live Oak and Wilson counties will be Hosting a Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) training on October 26, 2018 at the Atascosa County Leming Annex.
Who Should Attend
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 attend this training. This 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.’
What to Expect at the PSA Grower Training Course
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
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.
Benefits of Attending the Course
The course will provide a foundation of FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements. Individuals who participate in this course are expected to gain a basic understanding of produce safety and requirements in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and how to meet them. 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 approved by the Food and Drug Administration. 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.
Cost: $40 per person.
Lunch, snacks and materials are included in the cost.
Visa, MasterCard, Cash or Checks Accepted; Register online at https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu or call Valerie Lehmann at 979-845-2604 to pay by phone.
On the day of the event registration will start at 8:30 a.m. and the program will start at 9:00 a.m. lunch and refreshments will be included with registration. You must attend the whole training course to meet AFDO certification requirements. For more information on the training please contact the Atascosa County Extension Office at 830-569-0034, Atascosa County Extension Office at 830-569-0034, Bexar County Office at 210-631-0400, Frio County Extension Office at 830-334-0099 , Medina County Extension Office at 830-741-6180, Live Oak County Extension Office at 361-449-1703 or Wilson County Extension Office at 830-393-7357.