MANHATTAN, Kan. — Kansas State University’s (KSU) IGP Institute will be hosting the NGFA-KSU Food Safety Modernization Act Feed Training course Jan. 29-31, 2019. This training is planned to benefit and educate industry professionals on the new animal food safety regulations and display a complete walk-through for the steps in creating a business safety plan.

Individuals taking this course will gain a further understanding on the fundamentals within the animal food industry, its regulations, and the new safety requirements and the implementations as required by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

“This course is intended for people operating feed mills, pet food manufacturing facilities, and facilities where ingredients may go to animal food,” said Cassandra Jones, associate professor at KSU. “They will learn the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act and how it can be implemented in their facilities.”

Jones add that participants will have the chance to interact with one another and the instructors in order to see the different approaches to food safety and the appropriate handling in a variety of facilities.

This course is a repeat offering with additional components to allow two certificates upon completion — one from the Food Safety Preventative Controls Alliance (FSPCA) and the other from the International Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HAACP) Alliance. In order to receive course completion, participants must be able to fully demonstrate the requirements by a “preventative controls qualified individual” to the FDA’s regulations.

Past course participant, Aaron Houser, quality control manager for Kent Nutrition Group, explained how he appreciated the detail-oriented focus while participating in the course.

“I now feel comfortable working through and solving any problems that may come up,” Houser said.

The course curriculum was developed by the Food Safety Preventative Controls Alliance. The final day of the course will teach HACCP component, following the animal food training, this component requires registration and is accredited by the International HAACP Alliance. 

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