RT11 How are We Going to Get Everyone Trained for FSMA?

Tuesday, August 2, 2016: 3:30 PM-5:00 PM
222 (America's Center - St. Louis)
Primary Contact: Dawanna James-Holly
Organizer: Dawanna James-Holly
Convenors: Dawanna James-Holly , Julia Bradsher , Diane Ducharme and Laura Strawn
Panelists: Jodi Williams , Samir Assar , Donna Garren and Gerald Wojtala
Food safety is a very diverse field and, as such, regulatory changes are critical to the success of public health as a whole.  FDA has proposed several major rules to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) that will become final in 2015 and 2016 (http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/FSMA/ucm247559.htm).  Within these rules, emerging opportunities have been identified to incorporate novel preventative training approaches across industry, academia and government.  The legislation will impact over 35,000 growers and approximately 189,000 farms in the U.S. and potentially thousands more globally based on the demand of the market. Imported food suppliers will also experience vast changes in training and verification activities.  Training in the food industry typically encompass manufacturers, but what about third-parties including community-based organizations (CBOs) and their training needs?  Research and teaching are affiliated with academia, but extension programming is also a key component to the delivery of applicable research methods.  There are also emerging areas of special interest in the field such as Food Law and Public Policy.  The Developing Food Safety Professionals PDG and the Education PDG have come together to build upon the demand for food safety professional training that meets the federal guidelines of the new Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).  Panelists in this session will include representatives from each of these areas to address the methods in which FSMA training will be implemented across the board.  This roundtable will provide a broader perspective of new opportunities for collaboration, training, and outreach established by the government (FDA and USDA-NIFA), industry, and academia.  A diverse panel will share their thoughts on innovative training methods designed to reach small processors, beginning farmers and ranchers and the coordinated strategies that are underway towards the implementation of FSMA.  New approaches to training that are on the horizon for the industry will also be shared.
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