TO enable the industry to better understand the largest set of rules affecting feed and pet food manufacturers since the 1950s, the American Feed Industry Assn. (AFIA) is hosting regional Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) seminars across the U.S. during the next 18 months.
Registration for the "FSMA Regional Seminar, Phase 1: Building a Foundation for Compliance" is now open. This is the first of the multi-phase seminar schedule.
The phase 1 meeting will kick off the series July 27-28 in Sacramento, Cal. Additional seminars will be held Aug. 11-12 in Des Moines, Iowa, and Aug. 14-15 in Atlanta, Ga. Phase 2 and phase 3 will follow in 2015.
The training sessions will cover various components of the new law that will affect feed and pet food manufacturers as well as ingredient suppliers. All three phases of the regional seminars are ideal for those interested in understanding how FSMA will affect their business and will be most beneficial to those who manufacture animal feed, pet food and feed ingredients, AFIA said.
"During phase 1, starting in Sacramento, we will focus on the requirements for feed manufacturing, pet food manufacturing and ingredient suppliers to comply with the FSMA law," said Richard Sellers, AFIA senior vice president of legislative and regulatory affairs. "Our goal is to help attendees establish fundamentals for FSMA compliance within their companies. Attendees will be provided with samples of procedures, forms and reference information that can be utilized in their corporate offices to develop a compliance plan."
The Sacramento seminar will include presentations such as "CGMPs: The Foundation for an Effective Food Safety Plan," "What Are the Key Components of a Supplier Verification Program?" and "Hazard Identification & Analysis."