To prepare for the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), 75 individuals from 60 animal feed companies participated in the Food Safety Preventive Control Alliance (FSPCA) lead instructor training for animal food preventive controls from July 26 to 29.

Three animal food industry trade associations, the American Feed Industry Association, the National Grain and Feed Association and the Pet Food Institute, hosted the training, in conjunction with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Course topics

The course covered the standardized curriculum recognized by FDA as being adequate for training preventive controls qualified individuals (PCQI) under FDA's final rules implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act, as well as instruction on how to teach the course.

"FDA's rules implementing FSMA require that at least one preventive controls qualified individual be determined for each facility,” the three organizations jointly stated in a press release. “The PCQI lead instructor program educates those identified individuals who, upon successful completion, will be able to train others.”

Attendee demographics

Fifteen percent of the companies represented at the training were from pet food manufacturing companies, 30 percent from animal feed manufacturing firms, 30 percent from ingredient suppliers, 10 percent from premix manufacturing companies and 25 percent from companies that are general service providers for the animal food industry. Several companies represented more than one segment of the industry.

AFIA, NGFA and PFI will continue to provide FSMA training opportunities for the animal food industry in the weeks and months leading up to the various compliance dates.