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NMSU to host FSPCA certification courses for food manufacturing industry professionals

New Mexico State University will host two-and-a-half-day training and certification courses in both English and Spanish that are designed for food and beverage manufacturing industry professionals.

The course, “Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance – Preventive Controls for Human Food Full Course for Preventive Controls Qualified Individual,” will take place April 22-24 in English, and April 24-26 in Spanish. Both courses will be taught at the Doña Ana Community College Workforce Center, 2345 Nevada Avenue in Las Cruces. The out-of-state registration fee is $500, and registration fee for in-state is $300. 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.

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.

Registration deadline is April 15. To register or for more information, contact Nancy Flores at naflores@nmsu.edu or 575-646-1179. Information and registration is also available at http://aces.nmsu.edu/ces/foodtech/fspca-preventive-control.html. Seats are limited.