Oregon State University Extension Service

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training 2-day Course - Aurora

15210 NE Miley Rd
Aurora, OR 97002
United States

United States

Mon, Feb 25, 2019 8:00 am - Tue, Feb 26, 2019 3:00 pm
Event Cost
  • Day 1*: 8am-4:30pm: Full-day of instruction and Farm Food Safety Plan activities for modules 1-4, and 7.

  • Day 2**: 8am- 3pm: Instruction and exercise activities for modules 5.1- 5.2, and 6, incorporating hands-on water activities, interactive exercises, and more time for one-on-one interaction with our certified Produce Safety Alliance trainers.

  • Certificate of course completion ($35 value)

  • PSA Grower Training manual ($65 value)

  • Morning snack, coffee, and lunch for both days!

* You must attend both days to receive your certificate.

**Please bring a water sample from your farm with you on January 28, 2019 to participate in the water portion of the Farm Food Safety Plan Activities!

Funding for this training is made possible by the Food and Drug Administration through grant PAR-16-137 and the Food Safety Outreach Program Grant No. 2017-70020-27250 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The views expressed in written materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does any mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organization imply endorsement by the United States Government.

Who Should Attend

Produce growers, buyers, and others interested in learning about:

Even if your farm or operation isn't covered by the rule (check here (https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4175746/FSMA-Produce-Safety-Rule-are-you-covered)!) this low-cost, up-to-the-minute training is a great opportunity for anyone growing, harvesting or handling covered produce.

As a reminder, the PSA Grower Training Course is currently the only way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in § 112.22(c) that requires At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.’

What to Expect at the PSA Grower Training Course

On the first day, the trainers will spend approximately 8 hours of instruction time covering content contained in these 5 modules with activities in select modules:

  1. Module 1: Introduction to Produce Safety

  2. Module 7: How to Develop a Farm Food Safety Plan

  3. Module 2: Worker Health, Hygiene, and Training

  4. Module 3: Soil Amendments

  5. Module 4: Wildlife, Domesticated Animals, and Land Use

On the second day, the trainers will spend approximately 7 hours of instruction time covering the content contained in these 2 modules with bonus water workshop and interactive activities:

  1. Module 6: Postharvest Handling and Sanitation

  2. Module 5.1: Agricultural Water: Production Water

  3. Module 5.2: Agricultural Water: Postharvest Water

  4. Supplemental activity: Discussion of FDA Draft Guidance for Industry

In addition to learning about produce safety best practices, key parts of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements are outlined within each module. There will be time for questions and discussion through the use of model Farm Food Safety Plans, so participants should come prepared to share their experiences and produce safety questions.

Benefits of Attending the Course

The course will provide a foundation of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and co-management information, FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements, and details on how to develop a farm food safety plan. Individuals who participate in this course are expected to gain a basic understanding of:

  • Microorganisms relevant to produce safety and where they may be found on the farm

  • How to identify microbial risks, practices that reduce risks, and how to begin implementing produce safety practices on the farm

  • Parts of a farm food safety plan and how to begin writing one

  • Requirements in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and how to meet them

  • Agricultural water testing methods and Microbial Water Quality Profiles

  • Training tools you can use at your farm or operation!

After attending the entire course, participants will be eligible to receive a certificate from the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) that verifies they have completed the training course. Participants must be at least 14 years of age to receive the AFDO certificate. To receive an AFDO certificate, a participant must be present for the entire training (both days- 1/28 AND 1/29) and submit the appropriate paperwork to their trainer at the end of the course.

Contact name
Chantal Pettit

Source URL: https://extension.oregonstate.edu/events/produce-safety-alliance-grower-training-2-day-course-aurora