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Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course

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. 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.’

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Dates:

January 29, 2019

Woodward County Extension Office
108 Temple Houston Drive
Woodward, OK

February 7, 2019

Murray County Extension Office
3490 Highway 7 West
Sulphur, OK
*In case of inclement weather, the training will be rescheduled for February 12, 2019.

February 21, 2019

Great Plains Business Development Center
McMahon Lecture Hall
1601 SW Park Avenue
Lawton, OK
*In case of inclement weather, the training will be rescheduled for February 28, 2019.

February 27, 2019

Hilton Garden Inn & Conference Center
Meeting Room 2
2833 Conference Drive
Edmond, OK

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Workshop Description:

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. 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.’

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.


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.

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.

Topics:

  • 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: Postharvest Water)
  • Postharvest Handling and Sanitation
  • How to Develop a Farm Food Safety Plan

Agenda:

8-8:30 a.m.Welcome & Registration
8:39-9:30 a.m. Module 1: Introduction to Produce Safety
9:30-10 a.m. Module 2: Worker Health, Hygiene and Training
10-10:15 a.m. Break
10:15-11 a.m. Module 3: Soil Amendments
11 a.m.-12 p.m. Module 4: Wildlife, Domesticated Animals and Land Use
12-1 p.m. Lunch and Commodity Specific Questions
1-1:45 p.m. Module 5: Agricultural Water - Part 1: Production Water
1:45-2:30 p.m. Break
2:30-2:45 p.m. Module 5: Agricultural Water - Part 2: Postharvest Water
2:45-3:30 p.m. Module 6: Postharvest Handling
3:30-4:15 p.m. Module 7: How to Develop a Farm Food Safety Plan
4:15-5 p.m. Decision Tree, Final Questions and Closing Statements
5 p.m. Adjourn

Cost:

$15 per person

A $25 fee will be billed to those who fail to cancel or attend. The registration fees cover lunch, refreshments and workshop material costs.

Registration:

Register Online

Or, call Karen Smith at 405-744-6277 to pay by phone.

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