Food Safety and Quality Assurance Training

Tom Miller, Project Planning Specialist-Agriculture, Southeast Iowa

Problems

Consumers and livestock packers want assurances from livestock producers that the meat or dairy products which producers are supplying them with are free of any contaminants. This list would include chemical, microbial and any physical contaminants. Livestock exhibitions, including 4-H shows have tended to have a higher incidence of residue problems than industry standard. Packers have become reluctant to purchase livestock exhibited at fairs due to increased risk of carcass contamination.

Response

Iowa State University Extension Staff, working with the commodity livestock organizations and other universities, have compiled a two hour curriculum composed of educational materials which allow young adults the opportunity to realize the impact their project has on the food supply. Statewide 4-H participants produce approximately 17 million pounds of food from their projects each year. The class consists of a two-hour training session educating youth and interested adults in safe livestock production practices.

A two prong approach was used to provide FSQA training for youth. First, a class was offered for each county with youth attending as well as interested adults with this class being taught by a ISUE Swine/Livestock Specialist. The adults in attendance were trained in how to deliver the program. Each county scheduled additional classes which were conducted by the adults.

Impact

Certification was taught to 276 youth in the 7 county area served.

* Swine packers reported 0 violations for the year 2004 in the 7 counties covered.
* No complaints were received from any other livestock packers.

 

March 18, 2005
108 - Iowa Pork Industry Center

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