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Texas A&M and Texas State Chemist Offer HACCP Online Training Course

Date Posted: July 25, 2012

The 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requires implementation of preventative food safety controls by food establishments including feed manufacturers.

Many firms have already begun to implement preventative controls using Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) principles to address their customers’ needs and future regulations by FDA.

Adoption of HACCP principles are mandated within FSMA including the need to perform a hazard analysis, establish preventative controls, corrective actions, verification, recordkeeping, and develop a written plan to prevent feed and food safety hazards.

Adoption of HACCP also helps companies retain their competitiveness in a global market.

Development of a company HACCP plan involves preparation and planning by a team of knowledgeable employees who can apply a science-based approach to identify and manage hazards in feed ingredients and finished feed.

To equip working professionals in feed industry with the necessary tools and information, Texas A&M University Department of Soil & Crop Sciences, in partnership with the Office of the Texas State Chemist, offers Feed Industry HACCP training online.

During the 10-week course, participants work in teams to gain an understanding of the relationship between prerequisite programs and the HACCP principles, learn the process for assessing feed hazards, study quality assurance and international standards, and prepare a HACCP plan.

The course is accredited by the International HACCP Alliance and taught by regulatory faculty within the Texas A&M University Regulatory Science of Food Systems graduate program (regsci.tamu.edu).

For the cost of $500, registered participants receive a copy of the course text, HACCP: A Systematic Approach to Food Safety, as well as course materials on DVD, and secure access to an interactive class Web site.

Upon successful completion, participants receive a Texas A&M University certificate of completion with the International HACCP Alliance seal and 8 continuing education units for members of the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists.

The course may also be taken for graduate credit from Texas A&M University.

Companies licensed to distribute or manufacture feed in Texas may also pursue a certificate of conformance by the Texas State Chemist.

This involves an onsite audit of a company’s conformance to the AAFCO model HACCP standard and pre-requisite programs including FDA Good Manufacturing and BSE requirements by a competent authority.

For more information, visit the Feed Industry HACCP Website at www.feedhaccp.org/distance, or contact Mary Sasser at (979) 845-1121, mary@otsc.tamu.edu.

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