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The FDA FSMA/Produce Safety Alliance (PSA)
Training and Certification

The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule Section 112. 22 (c), requires "at least one supervisor or responsible party from the farm to successfully complete food safety training at least equivalent to that received under the standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration". 
To meet the regulatory requirements of the FDA Fod Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the Produce Safety Alliance (PSA), which is a collaborative project among Cornell University, FDA, and USDA , has developed the standardized curriculum which is used in this course. Those who complete this course meet the requirements of   Produce Safety Rule §112.22 (c). Those produce industries that are exempt from the proposed Produce Safety  Rule also benefit from taking this course to meet other regulatory and third party audit requirements, in addition to meeting the strong demand for produce safety by the market. The course will be taught by a Produce Safety Alliance Certified Lead Instructor.


Module 1: Introduction to Produce Safety

Module2: Worker Health, Hygiene, and Training

Module3: Soil Amendments

Module 4: Wildlife, Domestic Animals, and Land Use

Module5: - Agricultural Water - Part I: Production Water

Module 5: - Agricultural Water - Part II: Postharvest Water

Module 6: Postharvest Handling and Sanitation

Module 7: How to Develop a Farm Food Safety Plan

Other Topics:

- FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) (General)
- FDA Produce Safety Rule
- Introduction to Produce Safety and Preventive Measures
- Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and Co-Management of  Food Safety
- Good Practices for Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Production
- Traceability, Mock Recall and Produce 'lots'
- Environmental Conservation and Sustainability in Agriculture
- Biological Hazards (Bacteria, Viruses, Parasites, and Fungi)
- Microbiology of Agriculture (Fresh Fruits and Vegetables) and Basic Risk Assessment
- Water and Soil Microbiology and Testing
- USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS) Resources for Growers
- USDA Agricultural Marketing Service and Audit Information
- FDA/USDA/ FSMA Produce Rules: Compliance, Implementation, and Enforcement Tools
- US Environmental Protection Agency and Produce Safety