October 6, 2015
The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act will transform the nation’s food safety system into one that is based on the prevention of foodborne illness. It will be a system in which the food industry systematically puts in place measures proven effective in preventing contamination.
Food industry training will thus be important to the successful implementation of FSMA and the FDA today issues its strategy for facilitating that training in collaboration with public and private partners.
One size won’t fit all when it comes to training. The most important goal that the FDA expects of any training program is the outcome—that it advances knowledge among the food industry to meet FSMA requirements. There is more than one way to get there and there will be a variety of training options and delivery formats.
The FSMA Training Strategy outlines those options and formats, in addition to introducing the partners in government, industry and academia who are working with the FDA on the development and delivery of training to the global community of food suppliers.
As part of this strategy, the FDA has joined with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to establish a FSMA-mandated program that will provide food safety training, education, extension, outreach, and technical assistance to owners and operators of farms, small food processors, and small fruit and vegetable merchant wholesalers. FDA today announced the award of a $600,000 grant to the International Food Protection Training Institute (IFPTI) to establish the National Coordination Center, which will play a key role in the development and delivery of training to food businesses covered by this mandate.
The FDA is striving for transparency as this evolving training plan takes shape.
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