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 122.22(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.'
Pre-registration for all attendees is required, thus NO walk-in attendees will be permitted. For Virginia growers that are subject to the rule, cost to attend is $30.00, which is a significantly reduced cost due to grant funding received by Virginia Tech and VDACS Produce Safety Program. This will include program materials, certificate, and lunch. For all others who wish to attend, the registration fee is $125.00 (includes program materials, certificate, and lunch). To verify you are a qualified Virginia grower and obtain the discount code or for any registration related questions, please contact Sandy Stoneman (VCE-Wythe Co.) at 276-223-6040.
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
* Soil Amendments
* 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 experience and produce safety questions.
The course will provide a fountain 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.
Lead Trainer: Amber Vallotton
Trainers: Dr. Renee Boyer, Dr. Rob Williams, Joell Eifert