Michigan State University Extension will host the Food and Drug Administration-defined Produce Safety Alliance Grower Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) certification course at various locations. Those interested in learning about Good Agricultural Practices (GAP's), produce safety, co-management, and the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule are invited to participate.  (Chose one site.)

2019 Winter Program Dates and Locations: 

Jan. 9, 2019 - Adrian, MI
Lenawee County Extension
1040 S. Winter St., #2020, Adrian, MI 49221

Jan. 17, 2019 - Traverse City, MI - CANCELLED
NW MI Horticulture Research Station
6686 S. Center Highway, Traverse City, MI 49684
This training will run from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Jan. 24, 2019 - Camden, MI
Missionary Outreach Center
611 W. Bell Street, Camden, MI 49232

Jan. 31, 2019 - Grand Rapids, MI

Kent County Extension
775 Ball Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 

Feb. 5, 2019 - Benton Harbor, MI
Berrien County Extension
1737 Hillandale Rd., Benton Harbor, MI 49022

Feb. 8, 2019 - Kalamazoo, MI
KVCC Food Innovation Center
224 E. Crosstown, Kalamazoo, MI 49001
This training coincides with the Michigan Family Farms Conference

Feb. 27, 2019
Holly Meadows Golf Course & Banquet Center
4855 Capac Road
Capac, Michigan 48014

Typical Day-long Course Schedule (subject to change):

  • 9 a.m. Registration
  • 9:30 a.m. Training
  • 12 p.m. Lunch (On Own)
  • 1:15 p.m. Training
  • 4 p.m. Evaluation, certificate application 

 The following required modules will be included:

  • Introduction to Produce Safety
  • Worker Health, Hygiene, and Training
  • Soil Amendments
  • Wildlife, Domestic Animals, and Land Use
  • Agricultural Water
  • Postharvest Handling and Sanitation
  • How to Develop a Farm Food Safety Plan

At least one supervisor from the farm must complete the food safety training at least equivalent to the standardized curriculum recognized by FDA. The certificate of course completion will be issued at a later date when all paperwork has been reviewed. Participants must attend all seven modules to obtain certification

Registration deadline:
 Five days before event, or until full.  Preregistration required.

Sponsors include the Michigan State University Product Center, Produce Safety Alliance, US Food and Drug Administration, Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development and Michigan Farm Bureau.

Funding for this program was made possible, in part, by the Food and Drug Administration through grant PAR-16-137. The views expressed in the presentation do not necessarily reflect the official policies if 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.

Because of space and materials limitations, preregistration is required.  

Future 2019 Grower Produce Safety events will be announced in MSU Extension News and at www.msue.msu.edu.

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Registration for 2019 Winter Grower Produce Safety Certification Course is open.
Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on February 25, 2019.

Accommodations

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 more information on upcoming trainings or if you would like to request a group training closer to your location, contact Heather Borden the Michigan State University Extension- FSMA Produce Safety Logistics Coordinator, at bordenhe@msu.edu or 517-768-2038.