University of Hawaiʻi Cooperative Extension and Cornell University’s Produce Safety Alliance will be teaming up to host the 2017 PSA Integrated Grower & Train the Trainer event. This is a 2-day course geared toward increasing the number of people in Hawaiʻi who can help train others in meeting the criteria set by the new Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Rule. Day 1 is for growers who are familiar with Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and want to earn their grower's certificate for FSMA compliance. Day 2 is for people who want to become a trainer. If you want to be a trainer, you must attend both days.
Who Should Attend
Both produce growers and those interested in becoming PSA Trainers should attend the integrated course.
Day 1 is the full PSA Grower Training Course for fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), co-management of land, and the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule. Attending Day 1 of the course will satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in § 112.22(c) that requires at least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed FDA recognized food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.
Produce safety educators and others who work with fruit and vegetable growers who are interested in becoming PSA Trainers or PSA Lead Trainers will need to attend both Day 1 & 2. Day 2 will include additional presentations to ensure trainers are ready to deliver the modules to growers. Those who become a PSA Trainer or Lead Trainer can offer the PSA standardized curriculum to train fresh produce growers to meet the regulatory requirements in the FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule. This curriculum was developed through a nationwide collaboration including produce growers, extension educators, researchers, produce industry representatives, and government personnel.
Prior to attending the PSA Train-the-Trainer Course, individuals are expected to have basic knowledge in four competency areas including:
- Produce Safety Scientific Knowledge and Experience
- Fruit and Vegetable Production Knowledge
- Effective Training Delivery, and
- Knowledge of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule
What to Expect at the PSA Integrated Grower & Train-the-Trainer Course
Day 1: Growers and Trainers
The trainers will spend approximately seven hours of instruction time to cover content contained in these seven modules:
- Introduction to Produce Safety
- Worker Health, Hygiene, and Training;Soil Amendments
- Wildlife, Domesticated Animals, and Land Use
- Agricultural Water (Part I: Production Water; Part II: Postharvest Water)
- §Postharvest Handling and Sanitation
- How to Develop a Farm Food Safety Plan
In addition to learning about produce safety best practices, key parts of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements are outlined within each module. There will be time for questions and discussion, so participants should come prepared to share their experiences and produce safety questions.
Day 2: Trainers Only
Day 2 will include a review and in-depth discussion of the seven modules presented on Day 1 in the PSA Grower Training curriculum. Other trainer-specific topics include principles of adult education, how to incorporate the PSA curriculum into other extension trainings, how to develop working partnerships, expectations for trainers, and how to register a PSA Grower Training Course with the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO).
Benefits of Attending the Course
The course will provide a foundation of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and co-management information, FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements, and details on how to develop a farm food safety plan. Individuals who participate in Day 1 of this course are expected to gain a basic understanding of:
- Microorganisms relevant to produce safety and where they may be found on the farm
- How to identify microbial risks, practices that reduce risks, and how to begin implementing produce safety practices on the farm
- Parts of a farm food safety plan and how to begin writing one
- Requirements in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and how to meet them
- After attending Day 1, participants will be eligible to receive a certificate of course attendance from the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) that verifies they have attended the PSA Grower Training Course.
Trainers must be present for both days in to be eligible to receive the certificate of attendance for the PSA Train-the-Trainer Course. Some trainers, who are also growers themselves, may want to receive the PSA Grower Training Course certificate of attendance in addition to the PSA Train-the-Trainer Course certificate of attendance.
Upon successful completion of the full, two-day PSA Integrated Grower & Train-the-Trainer Course, you will be a PSA Trainer. Completing this training allows you deliver curriculum modules as a trainer in a PSA Grower Training, under the direction of a PSA Lead Trainer. Every PSA Grower Training must have at least one PSA Lead Trainer present. Anyone presenting at a PSA Grower Training must be, at minimum, a PSA Trainer.
For further clarification about how to become a PSA Trainer or PSA lead Trainer, please read the PSA Trainer Development Flow Diagram. http://producesafetyalliance.cornell.edu/sites/producesafetyalliance.cornell.edu/files/shared/documents/PSA-Trainer-Flow-Diagram.pdf
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Phone: 909-244-3242 ext. 233