2017 Spring Grower Produce Safety Course

Date: April 3, 2017
Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Kent County MSU Extension, 775 Ball Ave., NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Contact: MSU Extension Jackson, 517-788-4292; Kelly Navarro, knavarro@anr.msu.edu; Laurie Mead, ljmead@anr.msu.edu

Michigan State University Extension will host the Food and Drug Administration-defined Produce Safety Alliance Grower Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) certification course at various locations. Those interested in learning about Good Agricultural Practices (GAP‘s), produce safety, co-management, and the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule are invited to participate.  (Chose one site.)

2017 Spring Program locations:

  • Hart - March 16, 2017 - Hart United Methodist Church, 3808 S. State Street, Hart, MI 49420
  • Kent - April 3, 2017 - Kent County MSU Extension, 775 Ball Ave., NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • Traverse City -  April 4, 2017 - MSU Northwest Horticultural Research Center, 6686 S. Center Hwy, Traverse City, MI 49684
  • Marquette - April 6, 2017 - Marquette Township Hall, 1000 Commerce Drive, Marquette, MI 49855

Day-long Course Schedule (subject to change):

  • 9 a.m. Registration
  • 9:30 a.m. Training
  • 12 p.m. Lunch (on your own)
  • 1:15 p.m. Training
  • 4 p.m. Evaluation, certificate application 

 The following required modules will be included:

  • Introduction to Produce Safety
  • Worker Health, Hygiene, and Training
  • Soil Amendments
  • Wildlife, Domestic Animals, and Land Use
  • Agricultural Water
  • Postharvest Handling and Sanitation
  • How to Develop a Farm Food Safety Plan

At least one supervisor from the farm must complete the food safety training at least equivalent to the standardized curriculum recognized by FDA. The certificate of course completion will be issued at a later date when all paperwork has been reviewed. Participants must attend all seven modules to obtain certification.  

Registration limit:  One person per farm or entity.

Registration deadline:  Five days before event, or until full.  Preregistration required.

Sponsors include the Michigan State University Product Center, Produce Safety Alliance, US Food and Drug Administration, Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development and Michigan Farm Bureau

PAR-16-137 FDA/MDARD Cooperative Agreement Proposal, entitled State and Territory Cooperative Agreement to Enhance Produce Safety in Preparation of Implementation of FDA’s Rule: Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, & Holding of Produce for Human Consumption.

Because of space and materials limitations, preregistration is required. One person per business may attend an individual session.  If you are unable to attend, please let us know so that someone else may participate.

Future 2017 Grower Produce Safety events will be announced in MSU Extension News and at www.msue.msu.edu.



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