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Got PCQI? Pick a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual Today

May 25, 2016

With September comes the Food and Drug Administration’s requirement that dairy plants have at least one employee who is considered to be a “Preventive Controls Qualified Individual” (PCQI).  Dairy companies will need a designated PCQI to be responsible for developing and overseeing every plant’s food safety plan.

Why wait until September? Pick your PCQI today and then sign them up for the “FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food Course,” scheduled for June 14-16, in Nashville, Tenn. IDFA has partnered with Mérieux NutriSciences to present the only course curriculum that can guarantee that your food safety plan personnel are in line with the Food Safety Modernization Act requirement that goes into effect this fall.

“We want all of our members to be as prepared as they can possibly be, and to be in compliance from the start,” said John Allan, IDFA vice president of regulatory affairs and international standards, who will be one of the course instructors. “Lining up your PCQI is a great first step; getting them to Nashville for this course is even better.” 

Allan is a lead instructor of the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) curriculum and will be one of the instructors for the June course. Allan directs all aspects of IDFA’s food safety training initiatives, leads efforts related to FSMA compliance and product safety issues, and has responsibilities in federal and state regulatory affairs. He has a Bachelor of Science in microbiology, Master of Science in food science and technology and is a member of the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP).

Nancy Eggink, business development director at Mérieux NutriSciences, will join Allan as a course instructor. Eggink is also FSPCA-qualified and has more than 20 years of food safety, quality assurance and quality control, laboratory and food industry experience. She is a member of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) and is the incoming co-chair of IAFP's dairy quality and safety Professional Development Group.

Mérieux NutriSciences, with 80 laboratories in about 20 countries, is a trusted partner to the global food industry.

For more details and to register, visit the FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food Course.

For more information, contact Allan at

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