To enable the industry to better understand the
largest set of rules to impact feed and petfood since the 1950s, the American
Feed Industry Association (AFIA) is hosting Food Safety Modernization Act regional
seminars across the US during the next 18 months. Registration for
the "FSMA Regional Seminar, Phase 1:
Building a Foundation for Compliance" is now open, and is the first
of the multi-phased seminar schedule.
The first phase I meeting will kick off the
series July 27-28, 2014, in Sacramento, California. Additional seminars will be hosted in
Des Moines, Iowa, and Atlanta, Georgia, Aug. 11-12 and Aug. 14-15, respectively.
Phase II and phase III will follow in 2015, according to AFIA.
The training sessions will cover various components of the new law that will be required by feed and petfood manufacturers as well as ingredient suppliers. All three phases of the regional seminars are ideal for those interested in understanding how FSMA will impact their business, and will be most beneficial to those that manufacture animal feed, petfood and feed ingredients.
"During phase I, starting in Sacramento, we
will focus on the requirements for feed manufacturing, petfood manufacturing
and ingredient suppliers to comply with the FSMA law," said Richard
Sellers, AFIA senior vice president of legislative and regulatory affairs.
"Our goal is to help attendees establish fundamentals for FSMA compliance
within their companies. Attendees will be provided with samples of procedures,
forms and reference information that can be utilized in their corporate offices
to develop a compliance plan."
All three seminars will include
presentations such as "CGMPs: The Foundation for an Effective Food Safety
Plan," "What are the Key Components of a Supplier Verification
Program?" and "Hazard Identification and Analysis."
Those interested can register at www.afia.org.
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