Food Safety Modernization Act: Produce Grower Certification Training

Fruit and vegetable growers will learn about the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices, and co-management of natural resources and food safety.
Food Safety Modernization Act: Produce Grower Certification Training - Workshops
Language: English
Note: $20 discounted rate is available for Pennsylvania Grower Producers who meet grant criteria by agreeing to share their contact information with Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. Only one person per Pennsylvania farm may apply for the discounted rate.
$150.00

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Description

The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement as outlined in Section 112.22(c).

What to Expect

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: Postharvest Water)
  • Postharvest Handling and Sanitation

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 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.
  • 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.

Not sure if your produce farm is covered under the Food Safety Modernization Act? Visit our Produce Safety Rule resources that explain coverage and exemption guidelines.

Who is this for?
  • Fruit growers
  • Vegetable growers
  • Individuals required to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement as outlined in Section 112.22(c)
  • Individuals interested in learning about the FSMA, particularly in regards to produce safety
What will you learn?
  • Introduction to produce safety
  • Worker health and hygiene training
  • How to use soil amendments
  • Wildlife, domesticated animals, and land use
  • How to safely and properly use water for agriculture
  • Proper postharvest handling and sanitation
  • FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements and how to meet them
  • How to develop and follow a farm food safety plan
  • 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

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