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NMSU to host FSPCA certification course for food manufacturing industry professionals

New Mexico State University will host a two-and-a-half-day training and certification course designed for food and beverage manufacturing industry professionals.

The course, “Food Safety Preventative Controls Alliance – Preventive Controls for Human Food Full Course for Preventive Controls Qualified Individual,” will take place from 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. June 26-27, and 7:30 a.m.-noon June 28. at the Bernalillo County Extension Office - 4-H Building, 1510 Menaul Blvd., NW in Albuquerque. The out-of-state registration fee is $450, and registration fee for in-state is $250. Cost includes refreshments, a manual with materials and an Association of Food and Drug Officials certificate.

The Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk‐based Preventive Controls for Human Food regulation, referred to as the Preventive Controls for Human Food regulation, 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 by a preventive controls qualified individual. This course, developed by FSPCA, is the “standardized curriculum” recognized by FDA. Successfully completing this course is one way to meet the requirements for a preventive controls qualified individual. Small businesses with fewer than 500 employees, including receiving facilities, must comply by September 2018.

Training objectives are for the food safety professional who must have skills in efficient management of an FSMA Food Safety Plan and Good Manufacturing practices; conducting a risk assessment to determine controls for process, food allergen, sanitation and supply chain procedures in the food process environment; and implementing the requirements for verification, validation and record keeping.

Course instructors are Nancy Flores, assistant professor and Food Technology Extension Specialist at NMSU, and Mauricio Castelo. Both instructors have experience and knowledge in educating food entrepreneurs and food companies as part of NMSU’s land-grant mission.

To register, contact Gloria Hernandez at glorhern@nmsu.edu or 575-646-2198. For more information about the course, contact Flores at naflores@nmsu.edu or 575-646-1179. Information is also available at http://aces.nmsu.edu/ces/foodtech/fspca-preventive-control.html. Seats are limited. Register today. Fee is refundable up to 14 days before training date. Substitutions are allowed.