Upcoming Events & Trainings




Culture of Food Safety

According to the Global Food Safety Initiative’s (GFSI) new guidance document, a strong food safety culture depends on five key dimensions: Vision and Mission, People, Consistency, Adaptability, and Hazards and Risk Awareness. Does your food safety culture leverage all of these critical components? Join members of the GFSI’s Technical Working Group to discuss the key dimensions found in the Culture of Food Safety position paper – the most downloaded document found on GFSI’s website. Analyze your company’s progress and learn practical and proven strategies for building a successful food safety culture - no matter where you are in developing your food safety culture.

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.

Group discounts are available for company-wide participation. Contact sef@gmaonline.org for more information.  

Allergens: Changing behaviors on the plant floor 

This course highlights the potential negative reaction due to the presence of an allergen in a food product which should not contain the allergen. Participants learn why handling allergenic ingredients at each stage is important to prevent recalls and protect brand value. The course is interactive with questions throughout, and helps the learner understand the WHYs of plant practices in handling allergens. The course emphasizes communication with supervisors in case of questions on specific plant practices.

Sanitation Operator Training 

The modular course walks plant level operators through the basic principles of sanitation in a food manufacturing facility. Composed of two modules, participants learn the basics of hygiene and safety, cleaning, sanitizing, and zoning in a food manufacturing facility; participants are also exposed to information on how to clean systems and techniques to follow. Quizzes and knowledge checks are inter-spaced throughout the course, and each module has a built-in assessment. The overall course stresses communication with peers and supervisors, and highlights the critical role of a sanitation operator in food manufacturing.

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. 


HACCP Train-the-Trainer


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.