PSA Grower Training Course
Who should attend?
This one-day training course is for produce growers. The Produce Safety Rule, which is part of the new new federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), requires that fruit and vegetable farms that grow, harvest, pack, harvest and/or hold produce and do not qualify for an exemption or exclusion from the rule attend this training. To learn more about if your farm is covered by the rule view the FDA's Coverage and Exemptions/Exclusions Flow Chart or contact the MDA's Produce Safety Program.
What to Expect at the FSMA Produce Safety Rule Training Course?
The training will consist of both practical guidance for implementing Good Agricultural Practices and the FSMA Produce Safety Rule. There will be time for questions and discussion within each module, so farms should bring any questions they have about farm food safety and their operations.
Some key topics that will be addressed during the day:
- Microorganisims relevant to produce safety and where they may be on the farm
- Practices that reduce risks, and practical methods to implement these practices on the farm
- Parts of the farm food safety plan and how to begin writing one
- Requirements of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and how to meet them
Registration includes the training materials, lunch, refreshments, and a Certificate of Course Attendance issued by AFDO. Certificates remain with an individual and are good for life. Participation for the entire training is required to receive the certificate. Check-in opens at 8:30am, training will begin at 9:00am and end at 5:00pm. Class sizes are limited to 40 participants on a first-come, first serve basis.
Questions or need more information?
Please contact the Minnesota Department of Agriculture Produce Safety Program at (651)539-3648 or email ProduceSafety.MDA@state.mn.us.
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