ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA, US — The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) is offering an animal food safety course.

The Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) for Animal Food training, will be held July 28-30 at the Inn at Opryland in Nashville, Tennessee, US. Registration for the course is now open and closes June 19.

The course is one way to meet the requirements for a preventive controls qualified individual (PCQI).

“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 at the 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.”

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requires one or more designated PCQIs in each facility to develop and apply an animal food safety plan. Developed by the FSPCA, the 20-hour course provides the “standardized curriculum,” which is recognized by the US Food and Drug Administration as adequate for PCQI training. The training will cover topics, including:

  • 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; and
  • Recall plans.

The course is limited to 60 registrants. To receive the early-bird rate of $650 for AFIA members and $950 for non-members, register by June 19. To register or for more course information, visit the association website.