Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Workshop
September 22, 2017
$150.00 per person
516 Tennessee St
Memphis, TN 38103
Directions to Emerge Memphis and Parking
Emerge Knoxville is located at 516 Tennessee St. Memphis, TN 38103.
Parking is located both on the street as well as in a parking garage on the corner of Mina Ave and Tennessee St. Day-long parking in the garage is $10. The course will be held in the Memphis Room.
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 to cover 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: Postharvest Water)
● Postharvest 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. Individuals who participate in Day 1 of 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
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.
For more information about scheduled PSA Grower Training Courses, please visit the PSA website at http://producesafetyalliance.cornell.edu.
Cancellation Policy: Participants may cancel their registration and receive a full reimbursement up to 30 days prior to the course. After that time, refunds will not be issued.