Food Safety Cohort Program
The Food Safety Cohort Program is designed to help food and beverage manufacturers comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA.) This cohort will bring together individuals from different companies, who are responsible for food safety and governmental compliance, for in-depth training and guidance from food safety experts. The goal is to support small food and beverage manufacturers to bring their food safety programs into compliance with recent changes in FDA regulations through a series of six 1-day sessions, held over the course of three months.
The program will allow companies to focus on the creation of a Food Safety Plan that will satisfy the FSMA Preventive Controls for Human Foods Rule. This regulation is a requirement for most food, beverage, and packaging companies that are registered with the FDA.
The Food Safety Cohort Program is being funded with a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP). Due to this funding, companies who apply and are accepted into the program, will receive the training, valued at approximately $12,000, at no cost.
Benefits of the program include:
- Face-to-face training sessions.
- Hands-on learning activities.
- One-on-one coaching.
To qualify for the program, participating companies must:
- Be a food, beverage, or packaging company that has registered with FDA.
- Have a manufacturing NAICS code.
- Have one participant which has completed an FSPCA Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) Class prior to attending the cohort training.
- Be committed to attending training sessions every two weeks for a three month time period.
This training will:
- Help companies avoid costly shut-downs and fines due to non-compliance with FSMA regulations.
- Include hands-on guidance to understand Preventive Controls, HARPC, and create a Food Safety Program.
- Offer instruction on support programs: good manufacturing Practices (cGMPs), training, auditing, recall, environmental monitoring program (EMP), allergen & foreign object management, supply chain control, and sanitation procedures, etc.