FSQA Training & Testing
All 4-H members wanting to exhibit any beef, dairy, sheep, swine, goat, poultry, or rabbits MUST be Food Safety Quality Assurance (FSQA) certified to be eligible to show at the 2015 Allamakee County Fair and/or the Iowa State Fair.
- Iowa 4-H’ers produce over 17 million pounds of meat each year, which all goes into the American food supply.
- Consumers expect a safe, high quality food product.
- 4-H’ers need to know the food production rules and follow them exactly.
What is FSQA?
- The Iowa 4-H Food Safety and Quality Assurance (FSQA) program focuses on seven Good Production Practices that help ensure the safety of the food you produce.
- 4-H’ers in the Swine project have been doing this for years – It was called PAQ II (Pork Quality Assurance).
- When 4-H’ers meet the 4-H FSQA certification, they also meet the Beef Quality Assurance and Pork Quality Assurance certification.
Who Needs FSQA?
- All youth selling livestock at the Allamakee County Fair: beef, sheep, swine, poultry, rabbit or goats.
- All youth Exhibiting dairy at the Allamakee County Fair.
- All youth exhibiting livestock at the Iowa State Fair.
How do I certify for FSQA?
- Junior 4-H’ers (grades 4-6) must attend a certification program every year to be FSQA certified.
- 4-H’ers in grades 7-9 have the option to test for certification at their age level. The certification is good until the 4-H’er is in 10th grade. At that time he/she will need to test for certification at the Senior level.
- 4-H’ers in grades 10-12 have the option to test for certification at their age level. The certification is good until the 4-H’er graduates.
When and Where do I certify for FSQA?
TWO trainings have been scheduled for Allamakee County, Preregistration is required:
Wednesday, April 29 1:00-3:00 p.m. at the Farmers & Merchants Savings Bank
Saturday, May 9 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. at the Farmers & Merchants Savings Bank
What if I want to test out?
- Tests can be taken at the Extension Office during office hours, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, please call 563-568-6345 to make arrangements.
- You need to receive 70% to pass.
- You may take up to 3 tests in one day.
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