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.
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
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
Registrations will be accepted
at the door day of the event.
information, contact Cindy Martel at 304-541-9756or email@example.com.