Last year, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized the Current Good Manufacturing Practices and Hazard Analysis and Preventive Controls for Food for Animals rule under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The rule went into effect November 17, 2015. The regulation, commonly referred to as the animal feed preventive control rule, covers all facilities that manufacture, process, hold or pack animal food. One key requirement of the rule is training.
FDA has developed the standardized Animal Food Preventive Control Qualified Individuals (AFPCQI) curriculum to train mill personnel and regulators as one way to become qualified to oversee the required food safety plans and other required activities related to the FSMA.
Classes teaching the AFPCQI curriculum are now available from Feed PC Training Inc. Feed PC Training Inc. posted dates for when they will teach the AFPCQI curriculum in Colorado, Tennessee, Oregon and Hawaii. The AFPCQI needs to be qualified either by experience or training to develop and apply risk-based preventive controls. They oversee preparation of the food safety plan, validation of any preventive controls, review of records, reanalysis of the food safety plan, along with several other tasks required under FSMA.
The course runs two-and-a-half days. Upon completion participants will receive a certificate from the Food Safety Preventative Controls Alliance. Participants must be present the entire 20 hours to receive a certificate.
The American Feed Industry Association will host a Food Safety Preventive Control Alliance (FSPCA) Preventive Controls for Animal Food training session in Auburn, Alabama from August 16 to 18. The training material was developed by FSPCA and is the standardized curriculum that the US Food and Drug Administration recognizes as adequate for preventive control qualified individual (PCQI) training. Successfully completing this course is one way to meet the requirements for a PCQI.
The other five key requirements of the animal feed preventive control rule are:
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