October 4, 2016

Preventive Controls Course Starts on Oct. 19

The new FDA Preventive Controls for Human Food rule is intended to ensure safe manufacturing/processing, packing and holding of food products for human consumption in the United States. The regulation requires that certain activities must be completed or overseen by a “preventive controls qualified individual.”

One way to meet the requirements for a “preventive controls qualified individual” is to complete the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) Preventive Controls for Human Food Course. This course, developed by the FSPCA, is the “standardized curriculum” recognized by FDA. This course is geared to the produce industry. It will feature examples relevant to produce packinghouses covered by this rule; however, fresh-cut produce operations and other food facilities will benefit from this course, as well.

To successfully complete the course, a participant must be present for the entire delivery and actively participate in the exercises. Individuals who complete this training successfully will receive a “Preventive Controls Training Certificate” issued by the Institute for Food Safety and Health, the International Food Protection Training Institute and the Association of Food and Drug Officials.

This training is hosted by Western Growers (WG) in collaboration with UC Davis and the Produce Marketing Association (PMA). Dr. Trevor Suslow with UC Davis, the main FSPCA lead instructor of this class, will be joined by lead FSPC instructors Dr. Jim Gorny with PMA and Sonia Salas with WG.


Date: October 19 – 21, 2016

Location: Monterey County Farm Bureau
1140 Abbott Street, Suite C (upstairs)
Salinas, CA 93901 (between Merrill St and Growers St)

Registration Details:

Registration includes training materials and certificate, light breakfast, snacks and lunch. Members of the Produce Marketing Association and Western Growers will get a discounted price and have registration priority.

Register by October 17th to secure a spot, as the class size is limited.

Registration Fees & Cancellation Policy:

PMA & WG members: $700.00

Others: $1,050.00

A fee of $35 will be charged if a cancellation request is received before October 10th. Refunds will not be issued after this date.

Registration: REGISTER HERE


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For registration questions contact Ivan Martinez at [email protected] or by phone at (949) 885-4789 for additional information about the class content, contact Sonia Salas by email at [email protected] or by phone at (949) 885-2251.