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Preventive Controls For Human Food Courses

FSPCA Training for Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls

NC State’s Food Safety Extension Lab is hosting a virtual PCQI training via Zoom, October 3 – 6, 2023.

The Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA), in collaboration with the FDA, developed this 20 hour, open-enrollment course. 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) are 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 be completed by a “preventive controls qualified individual” (PCQI). This course is the “standardized curriculum” recognized by the FDA. Completing this course is one way to meet the requirements for a PCQI.

In addition to the FSPCA hands-on material, this course will also focus on essential aspects of prerequisite programs such as GMPs, how to write Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), and integrating your HACCP plan into a Preventive Controls Food Safety Plan.

Risk Reduction Strategies for Controlling Environmental Hazards

NC State’s Food Safety Extension Lab is hosting an In-person training in Raleigh, NC, October 25, 2023.

Join NC State University’s Food Safety Extension Lab for a one-day, hands-on workshop that will provide insight into developing and implementing a written environmental monitoring plan. Participants will have the opportunity to practice identifying and sampling from high-risk sampling locations in an operational food processing facility and gain insight into topics such as:

  • Use of hygienic indicators, such as ATP or indicator microorganisms, to verify cleaning and sanitizing procedures 
  • Use of pathogen sampling plans, exploring microorganisms like Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella
  • Learn the necessary components of a written monitoring plan
  • Identify sampling tools and practice sampling techniques
  • Track and interpret sampling results and corrective actions
  • Develop a mock plan using an active processing facility

Workshop Cost: $250 – Price includes workshop materials, digital resources, lunch and Certificate of Completion