Upcoming Events & Trainings



NEW Listeriosis in South Africa - Lessons Learned Webinar
The Listeria monocytogenes outbreak in South Africa for ready-to-eat meat products is recognized as the largest among the recorded Listeria outbreaks worldwide since the beginning of 2017. Peter Embarek from the WHO and Henk C. den Bakker from the University of Georgia review the outbreak in detail and share lessons learned. This webinar was made possible by a generous contribution from Ecolab.  Access the free recording.
Allergen Labeling: Right Product, Right Package
In 2017, over 50% of recalls in the food industry were due to undeclared allergens. In order to address errors on the plant floor, the GMA Science and Education Foundation has been working with industry stakeholders to develop targeted, impactful and on-point messages through eLearning programs. This 30-minute training on Allergen Labeling: Right Product Right Package addresses the risks due to label mismatch during receiving and storage, production including rework and packaging. Take this online course.
Food Processing Metal Detector Operator Training
This online on-demand training teaches metal detector operators the proper calibration and use of metal detectors as well as the importance of metal detectors in ensuring the safety of the final product.  Interactive questions are embedded throughout the modules to test participant learning and emphasize important concepts. Supervisors may purchase bulk registrations at a discounted rate and monitor employee progress as they complete the training. This course qualifies for 1.5 contact hours from NEHA.  Take this online course.
Free Downloads: Hot Topics Related to Food and Beverage Exports in Emerging Markets
The regulatory landscape for the food and beverage industry is becoming increasing complex across the globe.  Manufacturers must be familiar with global, regional and national regulatory bodies and their respective safety standards, which can vary from country to country, to be fully compliant and to protect brand integrity.  To help the industry keep up with evolving regulations, the GMA SEF, in partnership with Decernis, presents this series of three webinars on food safety regulatory landscapes in three emerging markets: Latin America, India and China. 
  1. Recent Changes and Trends in Labeling and Food Additives in Latin America
  2. The Evolution of FSSAI: How the Indian Regulator is Upgrading Regulations
  3. An Examination of Chinese Food Labeling and Food Contact Regulations
The GMA Science and Education Foundation, in partnership with Iron Apple, is offering this 4 part e-learning solution. The training materials and content meets and exceeds the FSMA & Sanitary Transport Rule training requirements.  GMA member companies qualify for special discounts, use code GMAIA2018Register for this course now.
Preventive Controls Qualified Individual and Qualified Individual
Save time and money by taking your Preventive Controls training completely online! We have partnered with ImEpik to offer both a PCQI and QI courses to ensure your food safety team is prepare. The PCQI course covers the FDA-standardized curriculum components such as the review of the FSMA regulation, preventive controls (process, allergen, supply-chain), understanding and developing a food safety plan (verification & validation procedures, developing a recall plan, record-keeping procedures) and cGmPS/ prerequisite programs. In addition, these courses address food defense, supplier verification, and creating a food safety culture. GMA members receive 20% off the course by using "GMASEF" voucher code when purchasing your course.  Register now! 




Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance Training (FSPCA)

  • June 11-12, 2018, New Delhi India PC QI Program.  For more information, contact sef@gmaonline.org




Better Process Control School
This is a tailored company specific training in plants that pack and thermally process low-acid and acidified foods.  Subject areas include thermal processing system operations, microbiological food safety, equipment operations, and acidification and container closure evaluation. The course meets FDA and USDA regulations and is an important and valuable educational opportunity for operators, mid-level managers and employees of food processing plants that utilize thermal processing. Contact sef@gmaonline.org for a quote today. Our instructors are long time thermal processing specialists with years of experience in industry and we will work with your plants to schedule trainings that fits your needs. This course qualifies for 10.5 contact hours from NEHA.  To schedule a course at your facility, contact us at sef@gmaonline.org.

Certified in Comprehensive Food Safety (CCFS)
Certified in Comprehensive Food Safety (CCFS) is a credential for food safety professionals who work to assure food is safe for consumers by managing or evaluating food facilities and food manufacturing processes. This is accomplished by conducting risk assessments, observing and training staff, assessing the physical facility, and assuring corrective measures are implemented to control hazards and prevent foodborne illness.
The GMA SEF is recognized by the National Association for Environmental Health as the exclusive industry trainer for the Certified in Comprehensive Food Safety (CCFS) course. This 2.5-day course prepares food safety experts to take the CCFS Credential Exam. 
Learn more about the CCFS credential and eligibility

Food Safety Preventative Controls Alliance Training (FSPCA)
The GMA SEF will be a key provider of Food Safety Preventative Controls Alliance training courses. The Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) is a broad-based public private alliance consisting of key industry, academic and government stakeholders whose mission is to support safe food production by developing a nationwide core curriculum, training and outreach programs to assist companies producing human and animal food in complying with the preventive controls regulations that will be part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). For more information contact us sef@gmaonline.org.

Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP)
Online and onsite courses are available through GMA. The GMA SEF offers HACCP Train the Trainer workshops in order to prepare and qualify candidates for accreditation as International HACCP Alliance Lead Instructors.