Larry K. McMullen, Swine Field Specialist, Southeast
As a requirement for exhibiting food animal projects at all Iowa county fairs and the Iowa State Fair, 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. In 2005 those that were going to exhibit sheep, dairy cattle, and dairy goats were required to have certification. And in 2006, all market animal exhibitors, including rabbit and poultry were required to be FSQA certified. The two good production practices that were emphasized in the 2006 certification were: Healthy Production Practices Injections, Reading Labels, and Withdrawals and Care and Handling as well as Ethics.
A power point presentation was made and activities were planned for the FSQA training sessions. The two hour 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 3, 4, and 7 , Healthy Production Practices Injections, Reading Labels, and Withdrawals, Care and Handling of Livestock and Ethics Good Character. Sixteen (16) training sessions were conducted in Cedar (2), Scott (3), Jackson (3), Jones (5), Johnson (1) and Clinton (2) county. Parents of the youth were also encouraged to attend the training sessions.
Impact / Outcome:
As a result of the sixteen training sessions 797 4-H / FFA youth received training information for FSQA certification. Also 117 parents attended as well for a total attendance of 914 individuals. As a result of the training session the youth were now eligible to exhibit their swine, beef, sheep, dairy cattle, dairy goats, poultry and rabbits at the local county fair as well as the Iowa State Fair as FSQA certified exhibitors. Through the instruction in the FSQA training, 4-H / FFA members will provide the consumer a safe and nutritious food product from their respective livestock project.
108 Iowa Pork Industry Center
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October 19, 2006
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