4-H’ers attend Food Safety Quality Assurance training
Jefferson County 4-H held its annual Food Safety Quality Assurance training Wednesday at the county fairgrounds.
Thirty-one fourth- through sixth-graders were trained and 27 seventh- through 12th graders were tested. Four of the youth were from neighboring counties. Members participated in activities such as feed mixing demonstration, bio security and ethics.
The goal of the program is to help youth and their parents better understand what they can do to produce the safest food possible. Iowa 4-H’ers produce more than 17 million pounds of meat each year, which all goes into the American food supply. Each year, the FSQA training educates youth on the seven chapters of Good Production Practices and choses three chapters to focus more intensely on. This year, those chapters were Feed & Feed Additives, Bio Security and Ethics.
The Iowa State Fair requires FSQA certification for beef, dairy cattle, dairy goat, meat goat, rabbit, poultry, sheep and swine. Jefferson County has opted to adopt the same requirements for its exhibitors. Teaching time during the training process is to be a minimum of 90 minutes. Each FSQA certification process should be completed by July 1 for all state fair exhibitors.
All 4-H members in fourth- through sixth-grades must attend the training every year.
Members in seventh- through ninth-grades have the option of attending training every year or completing a test certifying them until they reach the 10th grade. Members in 10th- through 12th-grades have the option of attending a training every year or completing a test certifying them until they turn 20 years of age. These are non-species specific tests developed for intermediate- and senior-level 4-H members.
At both age levels, there are three different tests available. A member has three attempts in one testing time.
A 4-H member has the option to test at any time as long as it is before July 1. A member also has the option of attending another county’s training session if they were unable to attend the Jefferson County training.
For information on 4-H or FSQA training, contact Jefferson County 4-H Youth Coordinator Kaye Gilbert at the Jefferson County ISU Extentions Office by calling 472-4166.