The ISGA conference is being held in Victoria, British Columbia April 24-28, 2017.
The course will run from the afternoon of April 27th to the afternoon of April 29th 2017.
This is a 2.5 day course that is mandatory for US sprout growers.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule establishes science-based minimum standards for the safe growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of certain produce grown for human consumption. Unless specifically exempt or excluded, sprout growing operations are subject to the Produce Safety Rule including the sprout-specific requirements in subpart M. This two and a half day Sprouter Training Course developed by the Sprout Safety Alliance (SSA) is the “standardized curriculum” recognized by FDA. Successfully completing this course is one way to meet the requirements for training under the Produce Safety Rule- "at least one supervisor or responsible party for each sprout operation must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the FDA". Also it is helpful in understanding and implementing the Produce Safety Rule requirements and best practices for enhancing sprout safety.