The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule states: “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 Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Grower Training Course is one way to fill this requirement. Approximately seven hours of instruction time will be spent on the following modules:
- Introduction to Produce Safety
- Worker Health, Hygiene, and Training
- Wildlife, Domesticated Animals, and Land Use
- Agricultural Water (Part 1: Production Water and Part 2: Postharvest Water)
- Postharvest Handling and Sanitation
- 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 verifying that they have completed the training.
Dates and Locations:
- November 3, 2017. Bedford, Bedford County
- December 5, 2017. Erie, Erie County
- December 13, 2017. Bloomsburg, Columbia County
- January 18, 2018. Leesport, Berks County
- January 29, 2018. Hershey, Hershey MAFVC (717-694-3596)
- February 13, 2018. Greensburg, Westmoreland County
- February 13, 2018. Philadelphia, Philadelphia County
- February 20, 2018. Center Valley, Lehigh County
- February 28, 2018. Lancaster, Lancaster County
- March 6, 2018. University Park, Centre County
- March 8, 2018. Biglerville, Adams County
To register, please visit Food Safety Modernization Act: Produce Grower Certification Training workshop or call 877-345-0691 and indicate the session you are interested in. The exception is the January 29th session being held at the Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Conference in Hershey. The phone number to call for Hershey is 717-694-3596.
The standard registration fee is $150 per person; a discounted price of $20 per person (one per farm) is available for Pennsylvania commercial growers through support from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. Checks, credit cards, and debit cards are accepted.
Please direct any questions about the program to Jeff Stoltzfus at 717-394-6851.