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Workshops & Trainings

Food Science & Technology Extension provides the public and the food industry with workshops and on-site training programs that enable businesses to develop and implement a food safety or HACCP plan tailored to their own operation, minimizing the risk of contamination of their food product by human pathogens.

On-Site Consultation and Training

In-Plant HACCP Certification Programs: This is a service to assist with problems on deficiencies, sanitation problems, and product quality standards. A HACCP training workshop may be provided for quality assurance and supervisory personnel for a nominal fee.

In-Plant Food Safety or Sanitation Audit and Training: This consultation for a nominal fee is designed to provide insight and evaluation for plant efficiency improvements, regulatory compliance, and product safety. This may be followed by a comprehensive workshop for plant management and supervisors to develop further food safety measures.


Please contact our office at 706-542-2574 or for more details and to discuss how we can help your business!

Upcoming Events
  • Oct 25 PSA Grower Training During this one-day workshop, trainers will spend approximately eight hours of instruction time covering content contained in the seven modules below. Introduction to Produce Safety Worker Health, Hygiene, and Training Soil Amendments Wildlife, Domesticated Animals, and Land Use Agricultural Water (Part I: Production Water; Part II: Postharvest Water) Postharvest Handling and Sanitation How to Develop a Farm Food Safety Plan In addition to learning about produce safety best practices, key parts of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements are outlined within each module. There will be time for questions and discussion, so participants should come prepared to share their experiences and produce safety questions.
    • Athens, GA
  • Oct 27 - Oct 28 Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Train-the-Trainer This training is intended for produce safety educators and other individuals who work with fruit and vegetable growers who are interested in becoming Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Trainers and Lead Trainers. Those who attend this workshop will become PSA Trainers and will be able to offer standardized curriculum to train fresh produce growers under the supervision of a PSA Lead Trainer. The training meets the regulatory requirements in the FDA's Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule. Prior to attending the PSA Train-the-Trainer (TTT) Course, individuals must have attended at least one PSA Grower Training (GT) and are expected to have basic knowledge in four competency areas including: • Produce Safety Scientific Knowledge and Experience • Fruit and Vegetable Production Knowledge • Effective Training Delivery • Knowledge of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule More information about becoming a Lead Trainer can be found here:
    • Athens, GA
  • Nov 1 - Nov 3 In-Person Better Process Control School The Better Process Control School offers instruction which fulfills the FDA and USDA Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) requirements to certify supervisors of acidification, thermal processing, and container closure evaluation operations during the canning of low-acid or acidified foods. When: November 1st, 2nd (8 am - 5pm), and 3rd (8 am - 12 pm) Where: 240 Food Science Bldg. | 100 Cedar Street | Athens, GA 30602 Cost: $600
    • Athens, GA
  • Nov 8 GA Water Systems Workshop The Water Systems Workshop aims to promote greater understanding of water systems, water assessments, including FDA's proposed Water Builder Tool, and water distribution equipment and connections. This workshop is designed to be interactive using presentations that encourage discussions, scenario-based small group breakouts, and hands-on activities. The workshop is structured to accommodate regional considerations within the content. This workshop will ensure the attendee has the knowledge and skills to evaluate their water systems for risk factors that may affect the safety of fresh produce for human consumption. Where: UGA livestock arena on Milledge avenue in Athens, GA Cost: $25
    • Athens, GA
  • Nov 29 - Dec 1 Preventive Control Qualified Individuals Workshop The Preventive Controls Rule requires that each facility have Preventive Control Qualified Individuals for the development and implementation of Hazard Analysis and Risk-based Preventive Controls for Human Foods. This course provides the required training. The curriculum is designed for food industry professionals with responsibility for the development and implementation of a food safety plan. Attendees who complete the course will be recognized as Preventive Controls Qualified Individuals (PCQI). This two-and-a-half-day course was developed by the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance, a broad-based public-private alliance created by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Institute for Food Safety and Health (IFSH) in cooperation with the Association of Food and Drug Officials. This training will take place in Athens, Georgia on November 29th - Dec. 1st.
    • Athens, GA
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