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Acidified Food Training and Certification

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POSITION STATEMENT

July 26, 2011

David P. Green, Ph.D.
North Carolina State University
Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences
Center for Marine Sciences and Technology
303 College Circle
Morehead City, NC 28557

Dear Dr. Green,

I am writing to express my support of your grant proposal, “Building a Stronger Bridge in Acidified Food Products Training and Certification” to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ORA/DHRD. 

The goal of establishing a National Food Training Program for acidified foods is very important considering recent changes in regulations and number of small food processors new to the industry.  The aim is to identify core competencies and job tasks associated with acidified food safety inspections at the basic, journeyman and specialty/expert levels.

I understand my role is to work with the FDA and other regulatory and public health partners to assess the current regulatory training programs, identify core knowledge and skills needs by regulators, help development national standards for acidified foods, develop a risk-based education and training curriculum, and establish a cadre of qualified trainers.

Thank you for this opportunity to participate in this Integrated Food Safety System project.  If you need any additional information, please do not hesitate to ask.

Respectfully,

J. Joseph Corby
Executive Director

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