Youth FSQA Certification Meetings

Larry McMullen, Swine Field Specialist, Southeast Area

As a requirement for exhibiting "food" animal projects at county and state fairs all 4-H and FFA youth must be FSQA (Food Safety and Quality Assurance) certified. Previously, in 2004, members exhibiting only swine and beef were required to be certified. However, in 2005 those that were going to exhibit sheep, dairy cattle, and dairy goats were required to have certification. In 2006, all market animal exhibitors, including rabbit and poultry will need to become certified. With the additional need for members to be certified, qualified FSQA instructors were needed in the east central extension area to present the certification program to the 4-H / FFA youth.

A power point presentation was made and activities were planned for the FSQA training. The training program consisted of background discussion on food safety, HAACP, and the importance of the seven good production practices and then a detailed discussion and hands-on activities were conducted with good production practices 1, 2, and 7 - Record Keeping, Vet-Client Patient Relationship, and Ethics. Fourteen (14) training programs were held in Cedar, Scott, Jackson, Jones, and Clinton counties. A total of 703 4-H / FFA members (359 male and 344 female) were certified in those training programs.

As a result of the training programs for FSQA certification 703 4-H / FFA members were now eligible to exhibit their swine, beef, sheep, dairy cattle, and dairy goats at the local county fair as well as the Iowa State Fair. And through the instruction in the FSQA training, 4-H / FFA members provided the consumer a safe and nutritious food product from their respective livestock project.
August 3, 2005
108 -- Iowa Pork Industry Center

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