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The Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative (IFAI) was selected by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to provide Native American Outreach, Training, Technical Assistance and Education to ensure compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The FSMA was passed by Congress in 2010 and the final requirements implementing the FSMA were put into place in late 2015.

The IFAI has developed a series of food safety webinars designed to help Native American farmers, ranchers and food producers to begin to understand the importance of food safety and what is necessary to reach compliance under the FSMA. Attendees will learn about produce safety, food-borne pathogens, worker health, wildlife, land use, post-harvest handling, and legal issues associated with food safety in Indian Country. This series is part of a two-fold effort to reach producers and food businesses.  In the coming days, IFAI will launch a series of two-day in-person events in regional locations.  Stay tuned for the announcement of these hands-on trainings.

Please use the links below to register for the webinars in this series. All presentations are free and open to the public, and each session will include time for attendee questions and discussion of issues with the presenter.  Many of the presentations use Produce Safety Alliance approved materials and serve as an important preparation for attending in-person events.

 

Tuesday, Feb 28, 2 – 4 pm Central

Introduction to Produce Safety (Part 1)

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6864712168343522563

 

Thursday, March 9, 2 – 4 pm Central

Introduction to Produce Safety (Part 2)

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/9115479540610317827

 

Thursday, April 13, 2 – 4 pm Central

Microbiology Basics (Part 1)

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2886616426887218435

 

Thursday, May 11, 2 – 4 pm Central

Microbiology Basics (Part 2)

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4485671371533965571

 

Thursday, June 8, 2 – 4 pm Central

The Intersection of Business Planning, Risk Management and Food Safety

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2817221850011820803

 

Thursday, July 6, 2 – 4 pm Central

Worker Health, Hygiene and Training

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4843324911863508227

 

Thursday, August 10, 2 – 4 pm Central

Wildlife, Domesticated Animals and Land Use

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/9021521873970463747

 

Thursday, Sep 7, 2 – 4 pm Central

Postharvest Handling (Part 1)

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4382652629569590531

 

Thursday, Oct 12, 2 – 4 pm Central

Postharvest Handling (Part 2)

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5135963230131034371

 

Thursday, Nov 9, 2 – 4 pm Central

Legal Issues in Tribal Food Safety (Part 1)

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/339407525632664323

 

Thursday, Dec 7, 2 – 4 pm Central

Legal Issues in Tribal Food Safety (Part 2)

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4544907560480546563

 

Any questions about this webinar series or other FSMA trainings should be directed to IFAI director Janie Hipp (jhipp@uark.edu), Sandy Martini (smartini@uark.edu) or Dr. H.L. Goodwin (hlgood@uark.edu).

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