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Center for Advanced Food Technology – Everett

The School of Food Science (a bi-state program of Washington State University and the University of Idaho) Center for Advance Food Technology’s (CAFT) new seafood program located in Western Washington at the Port of Everett will present relevant academic and training programs as well as work with the sector stakeholders, and other academic institutions.


Innovations in Quality Assurance for Seafood Processing

February 6 – March 13, 2018 (Total Sessions: 12)

This seminar is an offering of the School of Food Science (a bi-state program of Washington State University and the University of Idaho) Center for Advance Food Technology’s (CAFT) new seafood program located in Western Washington at the Port of Everett. It is a 12-part seminar on “Innovations in Quality Assurance Related to Seafood Processing” and will focus on the basics of seafood quality assurance programs with real world examples. Commodities such as white fish, salmon, shellfish (crab, shrimp, oysters, clams, etc), roe products; both wild harvest and aquaculture, will be discussed as well as an introduction to the rapidly developing integration of automated and data management programs in the seafood industry. Seafood Quality Assurance and related certification programs including how to prepare for certification qualification audits will also be presented. Emphasis is on Alaska, Washington, Oregon, British Columbia and Idaho production, sourced from wild harvest and aquacultured.

Presentations will be made by SFS/CAFT faculty and by the seafood industry’s leaders in quality assurance providing relevant and current information to enable Seafood Quality Assurance professionals and seafood company management to implement appropriate and affordable quality programs for their companies. as well as to meet related regulatory requirements.  Those successfully passing the course will be provided a certificate in recognition of their achievement. The seminar also qualifies for CFS continuing professional education credit.

Who will benefit from this seminar:  Seafood quality assurance professionals, seafood company management, production leads and supervisors, R&D professionals, buyers, marketing, and retailing personnel.

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Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course:

March 19, 2018 

This curriculum covers the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements as well as Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) for on-farm food safety. This training is one way to meet the requirements of 21CFR Part 112.22(c) which requires that at least one supervisor or responsible party from a farm subject to the FSMA Produce Safety Rule must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.

The Food Safety Modernization Act – Produce Safety Rule states that: “ The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) enables FDA to better protect public health by strengthening the food safety system. It enables FDA to focus more on preventing food safety problems rather than relying primarily on reacting to problems after they occur. As a key element of this preventive approach, FDA was mandated under FSMA to establish science-based, minimum standards for the safe growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of produce on farms to minimize contamination that could cause serious adverse health consequences or death”.

Aquaponics and Intensive Containerized Hydroponics:

March 20-21, 2018

Producing fish and fresh produce in aquaponics facilities provides an alternative for intensive agriculture reducing the need for artificial inputs. Aquaponics is a growing area for urban gardening and intensive agricultural systems in suburban and rural communities.  Intensive Containerized Hydroponic systems are very compact systems, often employing used shipping containers to provide a means of producing fruits and vegetables with a minimal space requirement and may be combined with aquaponics.

USDA and WRC – National Institute of Food and Agriculture

This workshop presents methods for aquaponic and intensive hydroponic culturists to improve their food safety plans, monitoring and recordkeeping systems by presenting realistic strategies that producers can use to ensure product safety. This will include presentation of a model food protection plan and good agricultural/best aquaculture plans for these products. Strategies for monitoring and recordkeeping for producer, including suggested forms, as well as suggestions for validation and verification of model systems will also be presented and explained. Finally, applicable federal and state regulations will be presented and discussed. A comprehensive handbook that will be provided to each attendee.

Practical presentations by existing producers, suppliers and researchers will be made and a panel discussion will enable participants to get answers to their questions.

Register for the Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training or Aquaponics and Intensive Containerized Hydroponics Course here

Register for both workshops at a discounted price!