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Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course, February 28, 2019
Start: Thursday, February 28, 2019
End: Thursday, February 28, 2019
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
North Central Agricultural Research Station
1165 County Road 43, Fremont, OH 43420

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course Announcement

The Ohio Department of Agriculture, Division of Food Safety and the North Central Agricultural Research Station are announcing a Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Grower Training on February 28, 2019 to be held at the North Central Agricultural Research Station, 1165 County Road 43, Fremont, OH 43420. The training will be one day, 9:00AM-5:00PM with an hour for lunch(not provided). There is no cost for the training for in state residents, $85 for out of state applicants. Regulation excluded and exempt growers are also welcome to register for the training. 

The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in § 112.22(c) which states ‘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.’

The course will cover basic produce safety; worker health, hygiene, and training; soil amendments; wildlife, domesticated animals, and land use; agricultural water (both production and postharvest); postharvest handling and sanitation; and developing a farm food safety plan. As a participant you can 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; how to begin implementing produce safety practices on the farm; parts of a farm food safety plan and how to begin writing one; and requirements in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and how to meet them. There will be time for questions and discussion, so participants should come prepared to share their experiences and produce safety questions. 

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To receive a completion certificate, a participant must be present for the entire training and submit the appropriate paperwork to their trainer at the end of the course. 

Registrations to be submitted by February 20, 2019 to:
Email: mfout@agri.ohio.gov
Fax: (614) 644-0720
Mail: Ohio Department of Agriculture
Division of Food Safety – ATTN: Matt Fout
8995 E Main St
Reynoldsburg, OH 43068

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at (614) 600-4272 or mfout@agri.ohio.gov. 

Matt Fout
Produce Safety Manager, Division of Food Safety
Ohio Department of Agriculture