Tuesday, December 11th, 2018
Registration opens at 8:00 AM
Training will begin at 8:30 AM
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.’
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: Post-harvest Water)
Post-harvest 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 Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and co-management information, FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements, and details on how to develop a farm food safety plan.
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.
Cost to Attend:
The 2018 Richmond PSA Grower Training Course is $25.00. Your registration includes PSA Grower Training Manuals, a certificate of course attendance from AFDO and lunch. Refunds will not be issued after December 1st, 2018.
Lead Trainer: Dr. Laura Strawn
Trainers: Mr. Tommy Saunders, Mrs. Laura Maxey Nay and Mrs. Stephanie Romelczyk.
Contact Laura Strawn (Lstrawn@vt.edu) with questions
You must attend the FULL day in order to receive the certificate of completion from the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO).
If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Lauren Seltzer (firstname.lastname@example.org) at the Eastern Shore AREC at 757-807-6585/TDD* during business hours of 8:00 am. and 4:00 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event. *TDD number is (800) 828-1120