An increasing number of U.S. and international feed companies rely upon a team of knowledgeable employees to identify and assess feed hazards, and develop and implement a customized Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) plan. HACCP utilizes a process approach to ensure the safety of manufactured foods and feeds and help companies retain competitiveness in a global market.
The online Feed Industry HACCP continuing education course offered by the Texas A&M University Department of Soil and Crop Sciences in partnership with the Texas State Chemist equips feed industry employees with the tools and information necessary to work within a HACCP team to develop a HACCP plan.
The course, which is accredited by the International HACCP Alliance, emphasizes a science-based risk management approach to identify and manage hazards in feed ingredients and finished feed. Participants work in teams to gain an understanding of the relationship between prerequisite programs and the HACCP principles, learn the process for assessing the risk of feed hazards, study quality assurance and international standards, and draft a HACCP plan.
The 10-week course is delivered entirely at a distance and has been completed by participants from around the world. During the first week of class participants meet the instructor, Dr. Tim Herrman, via phone conference to review course materials and form HACCP teams. Participants then login to the course Web site to access readings, listen to recorded lectures, complete quizzes, and submit assignments. During the last two weeks of class, teams focus on the final elements of the HACCP plan. Throughout the course, participants interact regularly with the instructor and other participants via email, phone, and online discussion boards.
Participants who successfully complete the course receive a Texas A&M University certificate of completion with the International HACCP Alliance seal.
The $500 registration fee includes the cost of the text, HACCP: A Systematic Approach to Food Safety, as well as course materials on DVD. For more information about course content, please contact the instructor, Dr. Tim Herrman at firstname.lastname@example.org.