FSPCA Preventive Controls for Animal Food Course Online

FSPCA Preventive Controls for Animal Food Course OnlineMay 24 – 27

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This course developed by the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) is the “standardized curriculum” recognized by the FDA and is designed to meet the requirements for training under Title 21 CFR Part 507.53.  Successfully completing this course is one way to meet the requirements for a “preventive controls qualified individual” for Animal Food.  Under the Preventive Controls for Animal Food regulation, the responsibilities of the qualified individual include to perform or oversee:

  1. Preparation of the Food Safety Plan
  2. Validation of Preventive Controls
  3. Records Review
  4. Reanalysis of the Food Safety Plan

Purpose of Workshop

The FDA published final rules for implementing regulations in the area of preventative controls for animal food.  Companies manufacturing animal food must be in compliance by the following dates:

Subpart B (cGMP)        Subpart C (Hazard Analysis)
Large Businesses    September 19, 2016 September 18, 2017
Small Businesses (<500 FTE) September 18, 2017   September 17, 2018
Very Small Business (<$2.5 million/year) September 17, 2018  September 17, 2019

The purpose of this workshop is to provide FDA approved training for animal food companies.  The Food Processing Center offers a 2 day workshop to assist companies in understanding and complying with the Preventive Controls for Animal Food regulations. 

Who Should Attend

Employees of FDA regulated animal food manufacturers included but not limited to: Owners, Production Supervisors, Quality Assurance Managers, and other members of the food safety team.

FDA State Health Inspectors and Compliance Officers

Qualified Facilities are exempt from 21 CFR part 507 subparts C and E (21 CFR 507.7(d)) and are:
• Very small businesses (including any subsidiaries or affiliates) averaging less than $2,500,000 (adjusted for inflation) -- in both sales of animal food plus the market value of animal food that is manufactured, processed, packed, or held without sale (e.g. held for a fee or supplied to a farm without sale), per year during the 3-year period preceding the current calendar year.


A facility to which BOTH of the following apply:
• During the 3-year period preceding the applicable calendar year, the average annual monetary value of the food manufactured, processed, packed, or held at the facility that was sold directly to consumers, retailers, or restaurants (within the same state or Indian reservation or within 275 miles of the facility) was less than the monetary value of food sold by the facility (including sales by any subsidiary or affiliate) to all other purchasers; and
• The average annual monetary value of all food sold during the 3-year period preceding the applicable calendar year was less than $500,000.

The following link provides more information on compliance guidelines: https://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/FSMA/ucm366510.htm

Benefits of Attending

FDA regulated animal food manufacturing companies with identified hazards are required to implement a Food Safety plan for their facility.  The agenda is designed to be covered in 2 days and includes frequent opportunities for review and classroom exercises for understanding the preventive controls requirements. 

Session Topics

  • Regulatory Overview and Introduction to the Rule
  • Current Good Manufacturing Practices
  • Animal Food Safety Hazards
  • Overview of the Food Safety Plan
  • Hazard Analysis and Preventive Controls Determination
  • Required Preventive Controls Management Components
  • Process Preventive Controls
  • Sanitation Preventive Controls
  • Supply Chain Preventive Controls
  • Recall Plan

Expert Presenters
This workshop will be conducted by qualified FSPCA Lead Instructors from the University of Nebraska Food Processing Center.

Current Dates & Location
May 24 – 27

8:00AM – 12:00 PM Each Day

The workshop will be conducted at the Food Innovation Center on the University of Nebraska Innovation Campus.

Attendees are responsible for their own hotel reservations. A limited number of rooms have been reserved at The Graduate Lincoln Hotel, 141 North 9th Street, 402-475-4011, at a discounted price of $104 + tax per night. This rate is for 1-2 people per room and includes a Grab and Go breakfast in the Poindexter room each morning. This special pricing will be available until May 1 or until the room block is full. To obtain the discounted pricing please reference the University of Nebraska FSPCA - Animal Workshop.

In addition, the hotel has a parking garage ($15 per day – self parking) and offers free shuttle service to and from the Lincoln airport. Attendees can also make arrangements with the hotel for free shuttle delivery to and from the campus seminar location each day.  This hotel is located in the Hay Market area with many restaurants and shops within walking distance.


The fee for this 2 day workshop which includes, lunch, break refreshments, and workshop book is $599 per person.  Following successful completion of the workshop, each attendee will receive an official certificate of completion.

Nebraska companies may be eligible for funding assistance through Nebraska Workforce Development. Please visit the following website for additional information.



Registration Deadline – April 25, 2021


For questions please contact Jill Gifford at 402-472-2819 or jgifford1@unl.edu.

Space is limited - early registration is encouraged.

All participants must pre-register. Walk-ins cannot be accommodated!

Refunds will not be offered for cancelled registrations.


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