As the animal food industry continues to expand, the number of food safety regulations continues to grow. Professionals in the animal food safety industry learned about these regulations at the NGFA–KSU Food Safety Modernization Act Training held September 26–28, 2017 at the IGP Institute Conference Center.
The course gave individuals in the animal food industry the opportunity to gain an understanding of the new animal food safety requirements and implement a plan for animal food safety associated with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
“I really enjoyed the trainers and lead instructors in the course who were so knowledgeable and interactive, and they really made you feel good about what you were learning,” says H.L. Goodwin, senior economist for the indigenous food and agricultural initiative at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas. “It’s important, regardless of an operation’s hazard factors, for someone planning to be in the business long-term to go to an education program like this and become certified.”
The training also had an additional component accredited to the HACCP Alliance. After completing both courses, individuals received two certificates and meet the training requirements for a preventive controls qualified individual under the Preventive Controls for Animal Food rule.
The curriculum of the course was developed by the Food Safety Preventative Controls Alliance. The separate HACCP component is accredited by the International HACCP Alliance.
“The best part of the course is the interaction among participants,” says Cassandra Jones, associate professor at Kansas State University. “We have people from various parts of the grain and feed industries learning the regulations alongside one another and those who will be inspecting them. This encourages valuable discussion to help facilities learn their options for compliance with the rules, and also helps inspectors understand the complexity that compliance can add to existing facility operations.”
In addition to supporting professional food safety training the IGP Institute also offers training in grain processing and flour milling, grain marketing and risk management, and feed manufacturing and grain quality management. To learn more about other upcoming courses visit the IGP website at www.grains.ksu.edu/igp.