UT Center for Agriculture and Food Security and Preparedness
Announces ANSI Accreditation
The UT Center for Agriculture and Food Security and Preparedness (CAFSP) announced that the American National Standards Institute or ANSI, has accredited the Center’s Special Processes at Retail Program Certificate. The certificate program is the culmination of over two years of work with the US Food and Drug Administration to develop and deliver a series of courses for local, state, territorial and tribal food inspectors. The program is comprised of 6 web-based courses and one 16 hour instructor-led course. The accreditation process by ANSI is based on a set of standards that includes a variety of areas such as instructor selection, testing methods, program oversight protocols, program auditing and periodic review.
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The Center for Agriculture and Food Security and Preparedness (CAFSP) is located at The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in Knoxville, TN. Founded in October of 2006, the Center is dedicated to protecting and enhancing the safety of agriculture and the food supply through the conduct of investigation and research, and through the provision of high quality educational and training programs. The Center, under the direction of Dr. Sharon Thompson, combines the expertise of University of Tennessee faculty with other institutions across the country to address current issues related to food defense, food safety, foreign animal diseases, emergency preparedness, and more. The Center serves as a focal point for several key national initiatives to protect agriculture and the food supply from terrorist threats, and to promote safer food production and processing practices.
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