FSQA – Mandatory Training and Testing
From the State 4-H Office—In today's world, food safety is one of animal producers' biggest responsibilities. With over 15,000 Iowa 4-H'ers enrolled in livestock projects, about 17 million pounds of meat is produced each year. The goal of this program is to help youth and their parents better understand what they can do to produce the safest food possible.
So what does FSQA mean??? It stands for Food Safety Quality Assurance and is for those members who show species for boththe county fair and state fair. These include: market and breeding beef, swine, sheep and dairy (both dairy cattle and dairy goat), meat goat, rabbit and poultry. This is a great way to teach 4-H’ers about record keeping, veterinarian and drug usage in project livestock, healthy production practices, care and handling, feed and feed additives, and biosecurity and ethics.
This year FSQA is mandatory for all youth 4th-12th graders that are showing those specific species above for the county and state fair. Youth will need to watch a PowerPoint video or take the test, all at no cost. The video lasts about 40 minutes. Each youth who watch the video are certified for only a year. Those that can take the test can begin in 7th grade, but will not have to take the test every year. Youth can take the exam up to three times if not passed. If planning on taking the exam or watching the video, call the Extension Office to make arrangements.
For more information about FSQA you can go to http://www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/projects/livestock.
Contact the Extension Office for more questions and details.