Produce Safety Rule Training- May 9, 2018 (Pittsboro, MS)

Stephen Meyers, Sweetpotato Extension Specialist
By Stephen Meyers, Sweetpotato Extension Specialist May 2, 2018 09:30

Produce Safety Rule Training- May 9, 2018 (Pittsboro, MS)

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PSA Grower training brochure Pittsboro MS- May 9 2018

Date: May 9, 2018

Time: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Location: Calhoun County Extension Office, 121 Parker St, Pittsboro, MS 38951

Host: Mississippi State University

Who Should Attend?:
Growers, packers, Extension agents, educators, industry suppliers and others interested in learning the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule and certification. It is required that each farm have at least one produce safety trained supervisor.

What to Expect at the PSA Grower Training Course?:
The trainers will spend approximately seven hours of instruction time covering content contained in seven modules:
8:15 AM Registration and Refreshments
8:30 AM Welcome and Introductions, Pre-test and Survey
9:00 AM Module 1: Introduction to Produce Safety
10:00 AM Module 2: Worker Health, Hygiene, and Training
11:00 AM Break
11:15 AM Module 3: Soil Amendments
12:00 PM Module 4: Wildlife, Domesticated Animals, and Land Use
12:45 PM Lunch
1:30 PM Module 5: Agricultural Water – Part I: Production Water
2:15 PM Module 5: Agricultural Water – Part 2: Postharvest Water
3:15 PM Break
3:30 PM Module 6: Postharvest Handling and Sanitation
4:00 PM Module 7: How to Develop a Farm Food Safety Plan
4:20 PM GAPs program and certification
5:00 PM Final Questions and Evaluations & Post-test

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.

This training also counts towards requirements for GAPs certification.

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.

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.

Cost to Attend:
A donation of $100 per person is needed in order to cover manuals, certificates, and related expenses.

Directions to the Training Site: (Calhoun Co. Extension Office) https://www.google.com/maps/place/Calhoun+County+Extension+Office/@33.9329226,-89.3355239,15z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x862312ad1d24cac4?sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwisy73f6N3aAhVhnuAKHWIDD_YQ_BIIejAK

Additional questions about this course contact:
Stephen L. Meyers, Ph.D.
stephen.meyers@msstate.edu
Office: 662-489-4621, Cell: 662-769-9917

Juan L. Silva, Ph.D.
Jls46@msstate.edu

Instructors:
Dr. Juan L. Silva, PhD. Professor, Food Processing and Safety, Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion, Mississippi State University. PSA Lead Trainer
Dr. Stephen L. Meyers, Ph.D., Assistant Extension/Research Professor and Sweetpotato Extension Specialist, North MS Research and Extension Center- Pontotoc Ridge-Flatwoods Branch Experiment Station, Mississippi State University. PSA Trainer
Dr. Joy F. Anderson, Extension Agent IV, DeSoto County, PSA Trainer
Dr. Lurdes Siberio-Perez, PhD, Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion, Mississippi State University. PSA Trainer
Ms. Angelica Abdallah-Ruiz, Food Technologist, Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion, Mississippi State University. PSA Trainer
Mr. Roger Davis, Roger Davis, Director of Foodservice, MDOC, PSA Trainer
Mr. Kevin Riggin, Director, Fruit and Vegetable Inspection Division, MDAC

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Stephen Meyers, Sweetpotato Extension Specialist
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