FSPCA Preventive Controls for Animal Food Introduction

I am a lead instructor for this course (Certificate#2ca42a12). Below are chapter summaries from this very important training. This training is recognized by the FDA as one way to become a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI). As an instructor I feel it is an excellent way to become fully versed in the rule and obtain training necessary t implement the rule. I encourage owners, operators, agents in charge of a facility and the person to be designated as the facility PCQI to attend this training.

This class is highly interactive and each chapter has exercises and in some cases small group activities. You will not complete a FSP for your facility during this class but you will gain the knowledge on how to do so when you return to your facility.

Chapter 1

Regulatory Overview and Introduction to the Rule – This chapter goes over Sub Parts A, D and F in detail. It addresses important definitions and roles, the training requirements of the rule, exemptions and records requirements.

Chapter 2

Current Good Manufacturing Practice – This chapter defines the purpose and importance of cGMP’s. It explains the basic requirements of the 8 cGMP’s, which are the baseline standards required to manufacture safe feed. They provide the foundation on which you will write you Food Safety Plan (FSP).

Chapter 3

Animal Food Safety Hazards are described in this chapter. The hazard analysis process is described defined what to consider in this process, how to identify hazards by species and a general awareness of the biological,  chemical (including radiological) and physical hazards in animal food.

 Chapter 4

Food Safety Plan is defined in terms of required and optional elements. Example FSP’s are included in the curriculum. re described in this chapter.

Chapter 5

Hazard Analysis, and Preventative Controls Determination – in this chapter you will learn how to conduct a facility specific hazard analysis including how to the access the severity and probability of a hazard and to determine if a hazard requires a Preventive Control.

Chapter 6

Required Preventive Control Management Components – this chapter describes the steps you must take to manage the Preventive Control if you have one.

Chapter 7 – 9

Defines in great detail Process Controls, Sanitation Controls and the Supply Chain Applied Control.

Chapter 10

Recall Plans – defined with examples.


There are many organizations offering PCQI training throughout the country and this will grow over time. If you are considering attending training, make sure it is for the Animal Food Industry and that it is certified by FSPCA. Not all training is certified.

Editorial Comment:

As of July 2017, we are starting to see opportunities to take this training virtually via your computer. I have taught a class virtually and I do not recommend it for the following reasons:

  • Distractions associated with not leaving your work environment Unless you can go to a place outside the mill this is difficult to overcome.
  • Due to the interactive nature of the labs, virtual environment makes this difficult to accomplish.
  • Ability to network with others in the industry and share concerns and ideas is diminished.

Unless you have extensive HACCP background or a third party certification at your facility I do not recommend this method of delivery.