ARLINGTON, VA. — The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) is offering a Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) for Animal Food training June 4 to 6, at The Inn at Opryland in Nashville, Tenn.

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requires one or more designated PCQIs in each facility to develop and oversee an animal food safety plan. 

Developed by the FSPCA, the 20-hour course provides the “standardized curriculum,” which is recognized by the Food and Drug Administration as adequate for PCQI training. This course is one way to meet the requirements for a PCQI.

“We feel as though completing this training is the best way to understand current Food Safety Modernization Act regulations for animal food, as well as their application in animal food producing facilities,” said Paul Davis, Ph.D., director of quality, animal food safety and education for the AFIA.

 The training will cover topics that include: 

  • An overview of the FSMA requirements for animal food
  • Current Good Manufacturing Practices requirements
  • Animal food safety hazards
  • Overview of the food safety plan
  • Hazard analysis and preventive controls determination
  • Preventive controls management components
  • Process preventive controls
  • Sanitation preventive controls
  • Supply chain applied controls
  • Recall plans

This course is limited to 60 registrants. To receive the early-bird registration rates of $699 for AFIA members or $999 for nonmembers, register by March 15. More information can be found at

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