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REGULATORY TRAINING NOW AVAILABLE TO FOOD INDUSTRY

BATTLE CREEK, Mich., June 16, 2014 – The International Food Protection Training Institute (IFPTI) is now offering to the food industry more than fifty online food safety courses designed for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Office of Regulatory Affairs University (ORAU).

These fifty-plus online courses on food protection represent the entry-level training foundation for federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial regulatory officials.  With this training now available to members of the food industry, there is an opportunity to increase the amount of shared knowledge across the entire food protection spectrum, which in turn will greatly enhance the creation of an integrated food safety system in the U.S. and beyond.

An integrated food safety system, which is a stated goal of the FDA, involves identification of resources, an understanding of roles and responsibilities, and communication and cooperation among all stakeholders, including: industry, academia, government, and consumers.

“Private sector food safety professionals having access to training required of government inspectors is an important step toward an integrated food safety system in the U.S. and abroad,” said Gerald Wojtala, Executive Director.  “Shared training gets all food protection professionals closer to the goal of achieving a safe food supply and improved public health.”

The ORAU courses are available by IFPTI through an agreement with Underwriters Laboratories (UL) at www.ifpti.org/courses.

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