Food Safety

Upcoming FSMA Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI):

  • September 21, 2018 @ Altoona: 1-day PCQI (human food) Instructor led class 
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  • December 3, 2018 @ Ames: 1-day PCQI (human food) Instructor led classa
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Upcoming FSMA Courses

  • October 1, 2018
    Food Registration FSMA Updates (free event) - Registration information coming soon. 

Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Updates Lunch & Learn series held across the state this Summer- (registration required) 
       Recent changes to the U.S. Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act provided the first major update to that law in more than 70 years. But even if you feel like your company has responded adequately to those changes, you still may have different responsibilities under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
       CIRAS and Iowa State University’s Agricultural and Natural Resources Extension (ANR) can help you make sense of it all. This free, 2 -hour FSMA Update event will provide a general summary of what the new law is requiring of human food and animal feed companies in Iowa. It will address current topics such as Preventive Controls, Food Safety Plans, available resources in the development of a Food Safety System, and help on where to seek out advice. Come with your questions and be ready to dive into Food Safety FSMA style over lunch!

Dates, locations, and registration websites:

Objectives: The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requires facilities processing any type of animal food (complete feed or ingredients) to comply with new current good manufacturing practices and to implement a written animal food safety plan developed and overseen by a "preventive controls qualified individual (PCQI)." This course is the standardized training developed by the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance. It is accepted by Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as meeting the requirements of PCQI designation. The course content will provide knowledge of the FSMA animal preventive controls rule, and training for creation of an effective animal food safety plan.

Certification: Certificates, acknowledged as compliant with FDA requirements, will be issued to participants successfully completing the course. Completion is dependent upon attendance for all sessions as listed on the schedule. Missing any part of the program will result in non-compliance and a certificate will not be issued.


Lead Instructors



Dr. Charles Hurburgh





Dr. Erin Bowers



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Connie Hardy




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Kim Anderson