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)
Thursday, March 9, 2 – 4 pm Central
Introduction to Produce Safety (Part 2)
Thursday, April 13, 2 – 4 pm Central
Microbiology Basics (Part 1)
Thursday, May 11, 2 – 4 pm Central
Microbiology Basics (Part 2)
Thursday, June 8, 2 – 4 pm Central
The Intersection of Business Planning, Risk Management and Food Safety
Thursday, July 6, 2 – 4 pm Central
Worker Health, Hygiene and Training
Thursday, August 10, 2 – 4 pm Central
Wildlife, Domesticated Animals and Land Use
Thursday, Sep 7, 2 – 4 pm Central
Postharvest Handling (Part 1)
Thursday, Oct 12, 2 – 4 pm Central
Postharvest Handling (Part 2)
Thursday, Nov 9, 2 – 4 pm Central
Legal Issues in Tribal Food Safety (Part 1)
Thursday, Dec 7, 2 – 4 pm Central
Legal Issues in Tribal Food Safety (Part 2)
Any questions about this webinar series or other FSMA trainings should be directed to IFAI director Janie Hipp (firstname.lastname@example.org), Sandy Martini (email@example.com) or Dr. H.L. Goodwin (firstname.lastname@example.org).