Arlington, VA – The American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI), in partnership with the International Food Protection Training Institute (IFPTI), announced today the launch of a Listeria Control Specialist certificate program for food safety management in food manufacturing facilities. The curriculum is based on AFFI’s Listeria Control Program©, designed by subject matter experts and food safety professionals from across the food industry, aimed at Listeria monocytogenes (Lm) prevention and control inside frozen food facilities.
“AFFI is committed to advancing food safety throughout the frozen value chain,” said AFFI President and CEO Alison Bodor. “The Listeria Control Specialist certificate program is the latest example of how AFFI is raising the bar on food safety practices to help prevent and control Lm.”
Participants who complete the five-course certificate program will be formally recognized as an expert, designated to control Lm within their facilities. Others who may benefit from participating in these courses include regulatory officials, sanitation and quality professionals, construction and maintenance contractors, or anyone who would like to learn how to control Lm in food manufacturing facilities.
“AFFI is a recognized food safety leader and IFPTI is excited to expand our portfolio of food safety training to include this important certificate program specifically on Lm control,” said IPFTI Executive Director Gerald Wojtala. “The program is not specific to frozen food facilities so anyone who manages sanitary operations in food manufacturing settings will benefit – as will companies as they build a culture of food safety within their plants.”
Each course features detailed learning objectives, interactive activities and food safety best practices. More information is available at https://www.ifpti.org/lcs.
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The American Frozen Food Institute is the member-driven national trade association representing all segments of the frozen food supply chain from manufacturers to suppliers and distributors. AFFI advocates before legislative and regulatory entities on the industry’s behalf, serves as the voice for the industry and convenes industry leadership to create an environment where frozen foods are essential in a dynamic marketplace. www.affi.org
The International Food Protection Training Institute (IFPTI) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Portage, Michigan. Since 2009, IFPTI has developed and delivered standards-based, career-spanning food protection training under Cooperative Agreements with the US Food and Drug Administration for food safety professionals to assure competency and equivalency in meeting FDA National Curriculum Standards. The Institute seeks to protect public health and the food supply by building food safety workforce capacity. Learn more at ifpti.org/