The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) will host a three-day training course Jan. 31-Feb. 2, 2018, to certify a limited number of participants as preventive controls qualified individuals (PCQI) for their animal food manufacturing facilities. The course, to be held in conjunction with the 2018 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) in Atlanta, Georgia, is one way that animal food manufacturing facilities can meet current federal regulatory requirements.

“AFIA is committed to offering its members detailed and timely resources and training for compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act,” said Gary Huddleston, AFIA’s director of feed manufacturing and regulatory affairs. “Participants in recent trainings have left with a thorough understanding of the PCQI rule and how to comply with the requirements in their facility, showing the immense value that this program provides to participants.”

The Food Safety Modernization Act requires one or more PCQIs in each facility to develop and apply an animal food safety plan. Developed by the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA), the three-day AFIA course provides the “standardized curriculum” recognized by the Food and Drug Administration as adequate for PCQI training. The complete agenda can be found here.


The course is limited to the first 80 registrants. Register by Dec. 31 to receive the early-bird rate of $550. On-site registration will be available for $650.

IPPE is expected to attract more than 30,000 attendees and is a collaboration of three trade shows—the International Feed Expo, International Poultry Expo and International Meat Expo—representing the entire chain of protein production and processing. The event is sponsored by AFIA, the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association and the North American Meat Institute. More information about IPPE, including registration details, lodging and other educational opportunities, is available at