The Food and Drug Administration has collaborated with Illinois Institute of Technology’s Institute for Food Safety and Health to create courses and training materials for the food production industries, including fresh produce.

The Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance materials and programs will be designed particularly for small and medium-sized operations, according to information from the FDA and the institute.

The alliance includes members from FDA, local and state food protection agencies, the food industry and academia. It is funded by a one-year, $1 million grant to the institute, a nationally recognized leader in food safety, according to an FDA news release.

Expectations for the alliance include:

  • developing standardized Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points training and distance education modules for industry and regulatory personnel;
  • designing a distance learning training portal at the IIT Moffett Campus in Bedford Park, Ill.;
  • developing “train the trainer” materials;
  • creating a technical assistance network for small and medium-sized food companies;
  • developing commodity/industry sector-specific guidelines for preventive controls;
  • assessing knowledge gaps and research needs for further enhancement of preventive control measures; and
  • identifying, prioritizing and compiling critical limits for widely used preventive controls.