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2011

Resolution 4

Submitted by:  AFDO Board of Directors

Date:  June 17, 2011

Concerning:  The International Food Protection Training Institute (IFPTI) Whereas, the Association of Food & Drug Officials (AFDO) is a major supporter and promoter of a national integrated food safety system, and

Whereas, AFDO recognizes how critical the training of state and local officials will be in advancing a national integrated food safety system, and

Whereas, AFDO and the Partnership for Food Protection (PFP) has previously identified the International Food Protection Training Institute (IFPTI) as the administrator of the training network for providing training to state and local food protection officials, and

Whereas, IFPTI has identified numerous trainers who are willing and able to participate in a development process to provide instruction in food protection training programs that have been identified as part of a recognized curriculum for food inspection staff, and

Whereas, state and local food protection programs are being evaluated by FDA to determine if their food inspection staff have been trained in accordance with this recognized curriculum, and

Whereas, IFPTI can provide standardized, career-spanning training of state and local food safety professionals to augment the inspection and surveillance capabilities of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and to assist FDA in meeting mandates of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), therefore, be it

Resolved, that AFDO write to FDA and advise the agency of AFDO’s complete support for IFPTI and its ability to assist FDA in training federal, state, local, tribal, territorial, and industry officials, and be it further

Resolved, that AFDO requests FDA to meet with IFPTI to develop a strategy for training state and local officials.

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