April 4, 2017
Albany Ramada Plaza Hotel
3 Watervliet Ave Ext.
Albany, NY 12206
$100.00 Registrant Recieving PSA Manual and Certification
(additional attendee $100.00 ea.)
$25.00 Course Only Registrant- No Manual or Certification
(additional attendee $25.00 ea.)
Participants are encouraged to register at the $100 certifiaction level
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Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course: Capital Region (Day One)April 4, 2017
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. The 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.' This training will also help you qualify to meet the standards of the New York State Grown and Certified program http://certified.ny.gov/.
What to Expect at the PSA Grower Training Course:
The trainers will spend approximately seven hours of instruction time on Day 1 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.
** Day 2 is an optional day for those growers that would like assistance putting together a farm food-safety plan.
Benefits of Attending the Course:
The course will provide a foundation of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and co-management information, FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements, and details on how to develop a farm food safety plan. 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.
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.
For further questions about this training, please contact:
Laura McDermott, firstname.lastname@example.org, 518-791-5038
Crystal Stewart, email@example.com, 518-775-0018
For more information about scheduled PSA Grower Training Courses, please visit the PSA website at http://producesafetyalliance.cornell.edu.
For any other questions or to reach the Produce Safety Alliance, please contact:
Produce Safety Alliance Extension Aide
Gretchen Wall, M.S.
Produce Safety Alliance Coordinator
Elizabeth Bihn, Ph.D.
Produce Safety Alliance Director