2019-2020 Produce Safety Grower Certification Course

March 19, 2020 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Marquette County MSU Extension, 184 US-41, Negaunee, MI 49866

Contact: Heather Borden, bordenhe@msu.edu, 517-768-2038

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.

2019-2020 Program Dates and Locations:

October 28 - Traverse City, MI
Grand Traverse Resort
100 Grand Traverse Village Blvd., Acme, MI 49610

November 7 - East Lansing, MI
Greenstone Farm Credit Services
3515 West Rd., East Lansing, MI 48823

December 9 - Grand Rapids, MI
Amway Grand Hotel
187 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

January 16 - Capac, MI 
Holly Meadows Golf Course & Banquet Center
4855 Capac Road, Capac, Michigan 48014

February 19 - Vicksburg, MI
MSU Extension Vicksburg
101 S. Main St., Vicksburg, MI 49707

March 19 - Negaunee, MI 
Marquette County MSU Extension 
184 US-41, Negaunee, MI 49866

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 2019-2020 Grower Produce Safety events will be announced in MSU Extension News and at www.msue.msu.edu.



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