Intertribal Produce-Food Safety Training for Farm-Grown and Traditional Foods

Added by Jeffrey Mears • Last updated June 3, 2024
Author: Jeffrey Mears
Type: Project (Food Safety Outreach Program - FSOP)

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was passed into law in 2011 with food codes that protect communities from foodborne illness. Food codes are vital for providing safe and healthy food for consumption. The Food and Drug Administration was instructed to complete and implement regulations related to the FSMA. The FSMA includes administration for producers to implement food safety practices at various points from food handling, to marketing and packing, to distribution and sales to prevent illness and foodborne contamination. However, to date, trainings and instructions have been targeted at large farmers and ranchers with commercial operations. As such, Tribal growers, producers, and traditional harvesters are unaware of the details in FSMA.Thus, through this project, Wisconsin Tribal Conservation Advisory Council (WTCAC) is modifying the curriculum to be relevant for Tribal growers, producers, and traditional harvesters. With project partners, WTCAC will deliver the curriculum and training material to include templates for later use to Historically Underserved Tribal growers, producers, and traditional harvesters so that they will increase their knowledge on safe handling of produce and traditional and wild foods long-term. Upon completion of the trainings, participants will be eligible to be PSA certified. The long-term goal is to improve food and produce handling practices to prevent illness and foodborne contamination.In addition, through the PSA Food Safety Train-the-Trainer Series, WTCAC will deliver training to the Federally Recognized TribalExtension Program Agents (FRTEP Extension Agents) and Tribal Extension Agents from 1994 Tribal Colleges on food safety. All Agents completing the course will be eligible to be PSA certified. The long-term goal is to teach Tribal extension agents on how to train Tribal growers, producers, and traditional harvesters so that trainings can continue beyond the life of this project.