Produce Safety Alliance Pre and Post Grower Training Knowledge Assessment

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 14:25 -- johnsene

The rise in reported food-borne illness outbreaks has sparked an urgent need for transformation regarding the nation’s food safety system. The focus of responding to a food-borne illness shifted to prevention in January 2011 when the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was passed by congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama. The law consists of seven rules, one of which is the Produce Safety Rule, which applies to those who grow, harvest, handle or pack fresh fruit and vegetables. One of the requirements of the Produce Safety Rule is that fruit and vegetable growers take an approved food safety course. The Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Grower Training is the first approved course and in the North Central Region the training is offered by state departments of agriculture often in collaboration with the cooperative extension service. The North Central Regional Center for FSMA Training, Extension and Technical Assistance (NCR FSMA) evaluated these trainings using a knowledge assessment. This report shares the results from trainings offered in eight states by NCR FSMA partners between July 2017 and June 2018.