2017 Winter Grower Produce Safety Course

Date: February 10, 2017
Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Southwest Michigan Research & Extension Center, 1791 Hillandale Road, Benton Harbor, MI 49022
Contact: Jamie or Jennifer, msue.berrien@county.msu.edu, 269-927-5674; Phil Tocco, tocco@anr.msu.edu, 517-788-4292

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 Winter Program locations:

  • Traverse City -  Jan. 19, 2017 - MSU Northwest Horticultural Research Center, 6686 S. Center Hwy, Traverse City, MI  49684
  • Benton Harbor - Feb. 10, 2017 - Berrien County MSU Extension, 1737 Hillandale Rd., Benton Harbor, MI 49022
  • East Lansing - March 8, 2017 - MSU Kellogg Conference Center, 219 S. Harrison Rd., East Lansing, MI  48824

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 fee:  None 

Registration limit:  One person per farm or entity.

Registration deadline:  Five days before event, or until full.  Pre-registration required.

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

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, pre-registration 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.

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



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