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 Preventive Control Course to Be Held for State Food Manufacturers


CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) is encouraging food manufacturers, growers and service providers to attend the upcoming Preventive Controls Course to be held September 24-26 at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel in Bridgeport, WV. The course will focus on safe manufacturing, processing, packing and holding of food products for human consumption.


“Current federal rules require that certain processing activities be conducted by a preventive controls qualified individual who has successfully completed training in the development and application of risk-based preventive controls. If you run an agribusiness that falls under these requirements, you should take this opportunity to ensure you are following federal guidelines,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt.


This course is the standard curriculum recognized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Participants are required to attend the entire course to be certified. Cost for the class is $175, plus $50 for the certificate, which can be directly billed or electronically transferred by state agencies. No meals are included in the registration fee.


“This class is being offered at a much lower rate than comparable courses, because we want producers to attend. Our number one priority to is to ensure a safe, reliable food supply in West Virginia,” said WVDA Marketing Specialist Cindy Martel.  


The course is a joint effort between the WV DHHR, WVDA and WV Farm Food Safety Training Team. It is funded in part by the U.S Department of Agriculture’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.


To register, visit http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07eghf6t3ojyejrcth/start. Registrations will be accepted at the door day of the event.


For more information, contact Cindy Martel at 304-541-9756or cmartel@wvda.us.

Contact Information

Crescent Gallagher, Communications Director cgallagher@wvda.us, 304-558-3708 or 304-380-3922