Produce Safety Supervisor Training

Oct. 1 - 22, 2020
Course Overview

This course is designed to help farm food safety supervisors learn more about the requirements of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and how to use relevant resources to support their farm's compliance with the rule. 

At the end of this course, you will:

  • Understand the basic requirements under FSMA that fall within your job responsibilities.
  • Identify risks you encounter daily in your job better.
  • Have a list of emergency response items tailored to the risks your employees encounter.
  • Develop a skill based training plan for your employees.


This online D2L course begins October 1st, 2020 and ends October 22nd, 2020.  Although this course is self-paced, participation in the weekly discussions is encouraged.  This course will require about 4 hours of your time and includes useful assignments that relate to your work on the farm.   The course is comprised of nine modules that relate to regulations within the Produce Safety Rule.  

*Please note:  This presentation is not and was not intended to be equivalent to§112.22 (c).  Though these learnings supplement an individual’s understanding of food safety and the Produce Safety Rule, individuals that must meet §112.22 (c) are strongly encouraged to take either the Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training or equivalent.

Week 1

Module 1. The Basics
• Bacterial Growth
• Prioritizing Risk

Module 2. Keeping Things Clean
• Treating Food Contact Surfaces Right
• Getting Ready for Harvest with Food Safety in Mind

Module 3. Hygienic Design
• Hygienic Design Checklist
• Smooth and Cleanable Surfaces

Module 4. Keep Poop Off Food
• How Poop Gets on Produce
• Steps to Keep Poop off Food

Week 2

Module 5. Wildlife Scouting
• Key Techniques for Wildlife Scouting

Module 6. Worker Training
• What Your Employees Need to Know
• Creating a Plan to Get Your Workers to Compliance

Module 7. Water

• Understanding the Requirements
• Taking a Water Sample

Module 8. Compost and Manure
• What Risks Compost and Manure Pose
• Reducing These Risks Through On-farm Practices

Module 9. Emergency Recognition and Response
•Why are Records Important?
• How to Handle a Spill or Contamination Event


Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For additonal course information, please contact Phil Tocco at