“The Food Safety Modernization Act is changing the way we think about animal food safety in the feed industry,” said Cassandra Jones, assistant professor at Kansas State University. “Many in the feed and pet food industries are uncertain about the requirements of the rule and how it applies to their situation.”
As a result, Jones and a team of K-State faculty and alumni are joining with the National Grain and Feed Association to offer NGFA-KSU Food Safety Modernization Act Feed Industry Training planned for Sept. 20-22, 2016 at the IGP Conference Center in Manhattan, Kansas.
The preventative controls for animal food training curriculum was developed by K-State in collaboration with faculty from North Carolina State University. As the project manager for the group who designed the curriculum, Jones said she is excited to offer the training for industry and regulators.
“There are many new requirements, and this course will describe those requirements to participants as well as give some ideas for implementation and training to those concepts,” she said. “Many industry and regulatory personnel are requesting training to be a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual.”
Key topics covered in the course will include: The applicability of the Preventative Controls for Animal Food Rule, The Requirements for Current Good Manufacturing Practices, and the Items needed in a Food Safety Plan, such as hazard analysis and preventive controls.
“The concepts participants learn in this course will be pivotal in their success in developing and implementing an animal food safety plan and food safety system,” Jones said.
This course is unique compared to other courses where the curriculum only provides certification of training as a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual, because it also includes Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) training. Upon completion of the course, participants will hold two certificates of training – one from the Food Safety Preventative Controls Alliance and one from the International HACCP Alliance.
This is just one example of the trainings offered through the IGP Institute. In addition to grain processing and flour milling, IGP offers courses in grain marketing and risk management, feed manufacturing and grain quality management. To register, visit www.igpevents.grains.ksu.edu . For more information, visit the IGP website at www.grains.k-state.edu/igp.