November 6, 2019 Delaware Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Training

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November 6, 2019 Delaware Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Training

Delaware FSMA: Produce Safety Rule Training  Produce Food Safety* Date: November 6, 2019; Registration for this event will close October 30th at 4:30pm. Time: 8:00a.m. - 4:30p.m., Registration at 8:00 a.m.    Location: Delaware Department of Agriculture                  2320 S. DuPont Highway                  Dover, DE 19901 Cost: The Delaware Department of Agriculture will cover the cost of attending. Registration will close at 4:30pm, October 30th. Lunch will be funded by the Northeast Center to Advance Food Safety (NECAFS). Please notify us of any dietary restrictions at time of registration. Thank you. Registration: Register here by October 30th. You may also register by e-mailing Anna Wicks at or calling UD Cooperative Extension's Georgetown Office at 302-856-7303 and asking for Karen Adams.

Who Should Attend? Fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule. The Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in § 112.22(c) of the federal regulations which requires ‘At least one supervisor from the farm must complete food safety training at least equivalent to the standardized curriculum recognized by the FDA’. At this time, any farm covered under the Produce Safety Rule, with over $250,000 in average annual produce sales is required to be in compliance with the federal regulations. If you fall within the previously mentioned sales category and have not taken the training course, you are currently out of compliance.
Beginning January 27, 2020, ALL farms subject to the produce safety rule ($25,000+ in average annual produce sales), must be in compliance with § 112.22(c) (described above). If you are unsure if your facility is subject to the Produce Safety Rule*, please contact Anna Wicks and or 302-698-4582. What to Expect at the PSA Grower Training Course: The trainers will spend approximately seven hours of instruction time to cover content contained in these seven modules: Introduction to Produce Safety Worker Health, Hygiene, and Training; Soil Amendments Wildlife, Domesticated Animals, and Land Use Agricultural Water (Part I: Production Water; Part II: Postharvest Water) Postharvest Handling and Sanitation In addition to learning about produce safety best practices, parts of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements are outlined within each module.
There will be time for questions and discussion, so participants should come prepared to share their experiences and produce safety questions. This one day course will provide a foundation of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements, and information on how to develop a farm food safety plan. Individuals who participate in this course are 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, and parts of a farm food safety plan and the first steps that should be taken to begin writing one. There will also be updates on produce food safety research and findings, as well as information on On-Farm Readiness Reviews and how to sign up for one.
After attending the entire course, participants will be eligible to receive a certificate from the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) that verifies they have completed the training course. To receive an AFDO certificate*, a participant must be present for the entire training and submit the appropriate paperwork. For more information please contact Anna Wicks at or Gordon Johnson at *Please note: If your farm is covered under FSMA it is required that at least one supervisor from the farm attends a PSA training course and receives an AFDO certificate of training. Exempt fruit and vegetable growers are still encouraged to attend. Also, the traditional University of Delaware Food Safety Training (GHP/GAP Training) is not a substitute for this course.
*As of June 11, 2019; new State Produce Safety regulations (Produce Safety Regulations 302 Del. Code. § 3.0) went into effect which requires that all farms within Delaware that grow produce, must register with the Delaware Department of Agriculture to verify compliance with the Produce Safety Rule. Funding for this training session was made possible, in part, by the Food and Drug Administration through grant PAR-16-137.  The views expressed in written materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health & Human Services; nor does any mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organization imply endorsement by the United States Government..

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