WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S. — The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) has opened registration for a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) for animal food training. The course, being held July 24-26 at the Inn at Opryland in Nashville, Tennessee, U.S., is one way to meet the requirements for a PCQI. 

 “The PCQI training course provides participants a thorough understanding of the Food Safety Modernization Act rule for preventive controls for animal food and how to comply with its requirements at their facilities,” said Gary Huddleston, director of feed manufacturing and regulatory affairs at the AFIA.

 The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requires one or more PCQIs in each facility to develop and apply an animal food safety plan. Developed by the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA), the 20-hour course provides the “standardized curriculum,” which is recognized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as adequate for PCQI training. The complete agenda can be found here.

The course is limited to 60 registrants. Register by June 15 to receive the early-bird rate of $650 for AFIA members and $750 for non-members.

The American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists has approved the course for 10 continuing education units. Participants will receive a certificate from the FSPCA upon completion of the course. For more information, visit the course website.

For the complete course agenda, click here.