REMOTE DELIVERY: 2020-2021 Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training - February 9th

February 9, 2021 8:30AM - 4:30PM

Remote Delivery via Internet

Contact: For more information on upcoming trainings or if you would like to request a training for your group, contact Heather Borden, the Michigan State University Extension-FSMA Produce Safety Logistics Coordinator, at

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

Six Daylong Online Training Courses will be offered (Choose only one)

Oct. 20, 2020
Nov. 10, 2020
Dec. 8, 2020
Jan. 12, 2021
Feb. 9, 2021
March 9, 2021

Typical Day-long Course Schedule (subject to change):
• 8:30 a.m. EST Registration and technical assistance
• 9 a.m. EST Training course begins
• 12 p.m. EST Lunch break
• 1 p.m. EST Training resumes
• 4 p.m. EST 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 a farm food safety training equivalent to the standardized curriculum recognized by the FDA.  This program satisfies that requirement.  The certificate of course completion will be issued at a later date when proof of attendance has been verified, and all paperwork has been reviewed. Participants must attend and maintain active participation in all seven modules to obtain FDA certification.

Registration deadline: Two weeks before the event. Preregistration is required and course materials will be mailed to the address you provide during registration. All participants must be in possession of the course materials in order to attend the online event. 

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 of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does any mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the United States Government.

Because course materials must be mailed to participants, preregistration is required and no exceptions can be made.

Future (potential) "In Person" Grower Produce Safety events will be announced in MSU Extension News and at


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