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FSMA Compliance: Training Course for Required PCQI Certification

  • 02 Nov 2016
  • 9:00 AM
  • 04 Nov 2016
  • 4:00 PM
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Hotel UMass
  • 25


  • Massachusetts cheesemakers and their staff.
  • Current MA Cheese Guild Trade/Corporate members whose businesses require FSMA compliance.
  • Cheesemakers and other food producers whose businesses must comply with FSMA regulations.

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Implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) will take place from September, 2016 to September, 2018. All facilities that produce, process or hold food for human consumption, including cheesemaking facilities, must comply with FSMA by preparing and implementing a Food Safety Plan. These plans *must* be administered by a "Preventive Controls Qualified Individual" (PCQI) who has completed training in the development/application of such controls or is "otherwise qualified through job experience" to do so. It is important to understand that an existing HAACP plan may not fully satifsy the FSMA food safety requirements.

This 20-hour course uses the only curriculum currently recognized by FDA for training and certification of PCQIs. Completion of the training will ensure that you can fulfill critical FDA requirements for FSMA compliance. All participants who complete the training will receive official certification of PCQI status.

The class fees include lunch and beverage breaks for all three days. For more information, visit or contact Beth Falk, MA Cheese Guild Executive Director, at

Address: P.O. Box 422, Westport Point, MA  02791

Phone: (508) 636-8826

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