ARLINGTON, VA. — The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) on April 7 opened registration for its upcoming preventive controls qualified individual (PCQI) training as part of its Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) for Animal Food training course. It will be held July 28-30 in Nashville, Tenn.

At least one PCQI is required at every animal food production plant, according to the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). This 20-hour course will offer a standardized curriculum recognized by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to train PCQIs.

Topics for the course include an overview of FSMA requirements for animal food and Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMPs), safety hazards, hazard analysis and preventive controls, developing food safety plans, preventive controls for processing and sanitation, applied controls for supply chain and recall planning.

“Every facility that manufactures, processes, packs or holds animal food needs one or more designated PCQIs and this course is one of the best ways to learn about compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act’s animal food regulations,” said Gary Huddleston, director of feed manufacturing and regulatory affairs for AFIA. “The best way to prepare for an inspection is to know the regulations and this course builds employee confidence and understanding of what is required.”

Course registration will be limited to 60 people.

A detailed course agenda and more information about this training can be found on the official AFIA website.

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