Due to the current pandemic this training is being offered via online delivery. In order to participate, individuals must have a web-cam, and will be required to have the web-cam on during the full course of the training (8:30am - 5:00pm). This is to verify participants' presence and participation. The training will take place via Zoom, which does not require special software.
Who should attend?
This one-day training course is for produce growers. If your farm is not excluded or exempt from the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, at least one responsible party from your farm must complete a training that uses FDA-recognized curriculum or equivalent. This course meets those requirements. All produce growers interested in learning about produce safety, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and the FSMA Produce Safety Rule are welcome to attend. Contact the MDA Produce Safety Program to learn if your farm is covered by the rule.
What to Expect at the FSMA Produce Safety Rule Training Course?
The training will consist of both practical guidance for implementing Good Agricultural Practices as well as the requirements of FSMA Produce Safety Rule. Key Topics:
- 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
- Your questions on the rule and how it is being implemented in Minnesota
Registration includes the training materials and a Certificate of Course Attendance. 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 and on a first-come, first serve basis.
Individuals with a disability who need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this event please contact the Produce Safety Program through the contact info below or through the Minnesota Relay Service at 711 as soon as possible.
Funding for this statement and event was made possible, in part, by the Food and Drug Administration through grant PAR-16-137. The views expressed in written materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does any mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organization imply endorsement by the United States Government.