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US: Food safety regulators offered training

The International Food Protection Training Institute (IFPTI) announces that it will deliver its inaugural training course - the FDA's "Managing Retail Food Safety" – from 14-16 July at the McCamly Plaza Hotel in Battle Creek, Michigan, US.

The IFPTI is a non-profit organisation established to deliver career-spanning certified food protection training to all US state, local, tribal and territorial food protection professionals to assure competency and equivalency in meeting established US federal food safety standards.

"We are excited to be launching this initiative," said Gerald Wojtala, president of the Association of Food and Drug Officials and a founding member of the Board of Directors of the IFPTI.

"The Institute's vision of an integrated national food protection system that ensures the safety of the US food supply is dependent upon building capacity within and strengthening the role of state and local food protection agencies," added Wojtala.

"Managing Retail Food Safety" is being offered in conjunction with the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO), the Michigan Department of Agriculture, and the North Central Association of Food and Drug Officials. The course is part of the FDA's curriculum of regulator courses and is open to food safety regulators from all 50 states, as well as from local and tribal communities and territories. The W.K. Kellogg Foundation is funding the start-up activities of the Institute.

Established in March 2009, the Institute will be offering additional courses in September - December, 2009. Courses include "Applications of Basics of Inspection and Investigation" in both "trainee" and "train-the-trainer" formats. Most costs associated with course registration, materials, meals, and travel are expected to be covered by the Institute in order to provide much-needed assistance to State and local regulatory agencies.
 

Registration information can be found at: www.ifpti.org or www.afdo.org

Natalie Berkhout

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