iTIPS: Interactive Tools to Improve the Practice of Food Safety

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

The "interactive Tools to Improve the Practice of Food Safety" (iTIPS)- A multi-state approach to improve food safety culture to reduce risk in small food processing establishments. Most small food businesses have inadequate resources, low English proficiency, and limited time to adapt to the Food Safety Modernization Act requirements. This project&s overall goal is to deliver a training program that aims to provide easy and accessible novel interactive digital education tools, food risk management training for small food manufacturing operations, and sustain local food business that will meet the requirments for Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The iTIPS project team has a strong collaborative partnership with non-governmental organizations, community-based organizations. The team will work hand-in-hand with community partners to serve food business start-ups, micro or small socially disadvantaged food producers, and processors. The impact expands within the iTIPS states and U.S. regional centers: Western Regional Center to Enhance Food Safety (WRCEFS), Northeast Regional Center (NECAFS), North Central Region Center for FSMA (NRC FSMA). The previous work for all iTIPS team members demonstrates an established track record of working with small food processors. Additionally, all members have developed or modified food safety training curricula to assist processors in implementing the new FSMA requirements. Led by New Mexico State University (NMSU), which has established collaboration with community partners and successfully designed interactive digital bilingual educational needs for food producers and processors. This project provides bilingual food safety resources and technical support for food manufacturers to develop a food safety culture and improve food safety practices within their facilities to fully implement FSMA food safety concepts.The "interactive Tools to Improve the Practice of Food Safety" (iTIPS)- A multi-state approach to improve food safety culture to reduce risk in small food processing establishments. Most small food businesses have inadequate resources, low English proficiency, and limited time to adapt to the Food Safety Modernization Act requirements. This project&s overall goal is to deliver a training program that aims to provide easy and accessible novel interactive digital education tools, food risk management training for small food manufacturing operations, and sustain local food business that will meet the requirments for Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The iTIPS project team has a strong collaborative partnership with non-governmental organizations, community-based organizations. The team will work hand-in-hand with community partners to serve food business start-ups, micro or small socially disadvantaged food producers, and processors. The impact expands within the iTIPS states and U.S. regional centers: Western Regional Center to Enhance Food Safety (WRCEFS), Northeast Regional Center (NECAFS), North Central Region Center for FSMA (NRC FSMA). The previous work for all iTIPS team members demonstrates an established track record of working with small food processors. Additionally, all members have developed or modified food safety training curricula to assist processors in implementing the new FSMA requirements. Led by New Mexico State University (NMSU), which has established collaboration with community partners and successfully designed interactive digital bilingual educational needs for food producers and processors. This project provides bilingual food safety resources and technical support for food manufacturers to develop a food safety culture and improve food safety practices within their facilities to fully implement FSMA food safety concepts.