Remaining up-to-date on operating procedures is a key component in the grain industry to ensure the safety and quality of food products. Attended by 10 industry professionals, the FSPCA Preventative Controls for Human Food and HACCP Integration for FSMA Compliance training was held November 7-9 at the Kansas State University IGP Institute Conference Center.

The training consisted of exploring important elements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point). Brandi Miller, IGP Institute associate director says, “Cornelius Hugo did a wonderful job teaching the curriculum and relating it to the milling industry.” She adds, “By successfully completing the course, participants met the requirements to be certified as a PCQI (Preventative Controls Qualified Individual).”

The course covered topics including how to identify sanitary design flaws in mills and make recommendations for corrections, prepare the individual’s company to comply with FSMA regulations, control food safety hazards in the milling industry using key prerequisite programs, and create a HACCP plan.

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Course participant, Rodrigo Ariceaga, chief executive officer at Minsa Corporation in Lubbock, Texas explains the benefits for his team to attend the training.

He shares that he learned the value of commitment and accountability to making a safe product and the need to work as a team. “All of us have the same level of responsibility to create that team effort and achieve the company goal,” Ariceaga says.

This is an example of a specialized training offered in partnership with AIB International. The IGP Institute also offers standard courses in the areas of grain processing and flour milling, feed manufacturing and grain quality management, and grain marketing and risk management.