August 07, 2017

08/08/2017: National Grain and Feed Association industry training held for food safety professionals

National Grain and Feed Association and IGP team up to offer training course to provide updated animal food safety requirements

Creating an effective animal food safety plan is essential for providing safety in the company and products, and also to the loyal customers of a company.

The IGP Institute provided a National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA)–KSU Food Safety Modernisation Act (FSMA) industry training August 1–3, 2017 for professionals to acquire the information needed to develop an effective plan.
Matt Frederking, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Quality at Mid America Pet Food, discusses process controls during the Food Safety Modernisation Act course.
Image credit: IGP KSU

The course gave individuals in the industry the opportunity to gain an understanding of the new animal food safety requirements and implement a plan for animal food safety associated with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The course curriculum was developed by the Food Safety Preventative Controls Alliance.

“Being able to understand more about the food safety plan process and sharing stories with other people has really been helpful in this course,” says Melissa Johnson, quality food safety manager at Cargill in Emporia, Kansas.

“The definitions have really helped to clarify certain topics and the repetition of those topics has really been essential for memorisation technique when going through the hazard analysis.”

Ms Johnson explains she had found out about the course from frequently checking the Kansas State website for any upcoming trainings and decided to obtain a food safety certification after seeing the FSMA course opportunity at IGP.

The training also had a supplemental component accredited to the International HACCP Alliance. Upon completion of both courses, participants received two certificates and are able to demonstrate themselves as a “preventative controls qualified individual” to the FDA.

“The best part of the course is the interaction among participants,” says Cassandra Jones, associate professor at Kansas State University.

“We have people from various parts of the grain and feed industry learning the regulations alongside one another and those who will be inspecting them. This encourages valuable discussion to help facilities learn their options for compliance with the rules, and also helps inspectors understand the complexity that compliance can add to existing facility operations.”

In addition to supporting professional food safety training, IGP also offers training in grain processing and flour milling, grain marketing and risk management, and feed manufacturing and grain quality management.

To learn more about other upcoming courses visit the IGP website, HERE.

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