AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Those involved in a packinghouse operation and wish to meet the requirements of the Primus GFS facility audit should make plans to attend the Packinghouse HACCP workshop.
Co-hosted by Alabama Extension, the workshop is April 18-19 at the Tift County Extension Office, 1468 Carpenter Rd. S Tifton, Georgia 31793.
This International HACCP accredited course includes two days of information and breakout sessions. The course focuses on topics such as produce safety, good manufacturing practices and developing commodity and facility specific food safety programs based on the core principles of HACCP. Breakout sessions are included in the workshop to give people an opportunity to apply the principals of HACCP to packinghouse operations.
Dr. Kristin Woods, an Alabama Extension food safety and quality regional agent, said food safety is critical to the fresh produce industry.
“In addition to being a major public health issue, food safety issues have had an adverse economic impact on growers, packers, processors and shippers of fresh produce,” Woods said. “The hands-on course will teach participants how to develop and document a food safety management program for their specific operations.”
Many third-party audits require food safety training to ensure that fruits and vegetables are being produced safely.
“This course meets the requirements of the Primus GFS facility audit,” Woods said. “That audit requires that one member of the HACCP team have a certificate of HACCP training within the last 5 years.”
The registration fee for this course is $400 per person. This fee includes course materials, a certificate with the official HACCP seal as well as meals and refreshments for each day. Registration can be done online here. For more information, contact Kristin Woods at email@example.com or 251-753-1164.