Preventive Controls for Human Food e-learning course launches

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Alchemy Systems first to offer self-paced training ahead of FDA deadline

Alchemy Systems today launched the first online, interactive Preventive Controls for Human Food training course. By taking the course, food safety professionals can obtain the Preventive Control Qualified Individual (PCQI) training quickly and cost effectively.

Experts estimate that over 100,000 food industry personnel at FDA-regulated facilities will need to complete the Preventive Controls for Human Foods course. But with FDA deadlines fast approaching, many simply do not have the dedicated time or travel budget to spend three days away from their facilities for on-site training.

“Alchemy already offers high quality on-site PCQI training across the country, but the slots fill up well in advance,” said Jeff Eastman, Alchemy CEO. “Our customers asked us to develop an equally compelling e-learning course so that everyone can get trained in time.”

Available immediately, the Preventive Controls for Human Food course follows the curriculum developed for the FDA by the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) and is taught by FSPCA-designated Lead Instructors Jeff Chilton and Jorge Acosta. They have a combined 50 years of hands-on practical experience managing food safety and quality assurance plans working in the food processing industry. The course consists of two parts: self-paced e-learning that enables professionals to learn the core materials at their convenience, and a live, virtual classroom session to apply the learning in a peer setting.

“The extensive experience of the Alchemy instructors throughout the industry really helped provide examples of how I would be able to implement the new FSMA requirements in my facility,” commented Laura Dietrich, director of quality, Preferred Meals.

“Alchemy is the world’s largest food safety training company, and we recognize the need to support supervisors and managers in their development and certification efforts,” said Raj Shah, chief marketing officer at Alchemy Systems. “Preventive Controls for Human Foods is the first of many additional courses and resources that will be available in the coming months at the Alchemy Academy.”

Register or learn more about the Preventive Controls for Human Food courses.

About Preventive Controls for Human Foods
New regulations for food processors under the Food Safety Modernization Act require that key personnel at FDA-regulated facilities that are in charge of managing the food safety plan have completed training to qualify as PCQIs. The FDA commissioned the FSPCA to develop the course curriculum. Food processors have a specific amount of time to comply depending on their size: the first compliance deadline, Sept. 19, 2016, is for companies with more than 500 employees.

About Alchemy
Alchemy is the global leader in innovative solutions that help food companies engage with their workforces to drive safety and productivity. Over two million food workers at 20,000 locations use Alchemy’s tailored training, coaching, and communications programs to reduce workplace injuries, safeguard food, and increase yield. From farm to fork, Alchemy works with food growers, manufacturers, processors, packagers, distributors and retailers of all sizes to build a culture of operational excellence.

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