Please scroll down for information about both DVD training programs and information on how to get your copies.
RFA member companies receive one copy of each DVD program at no charge: (RFA Manufacturing members are sent one copy per company automatically. Associate member companies must request a copy through the RFA Office at 678-426-8175.)
Additional copies are available for $225. For a full description and information on how to get your copy, please read below.
2010 RFA Food Safety Training DVD for Experienced Employees
RFA’s New Food Safety Training DVD Focuses on Needs of Experienced, Non-Technical Food Employees
To help meet stringent government regulations and ensure best practices in food safety, the Refrigerated Foods Association (RFA), an organization of manufacturers and suppliers of refrigerated foods, has produced the “RFA Food Safety Training for Experienced Employees” DVD Program.
Filmed to show actual working conditions at a refrigerated food manufacturing plant of Reser’s Fine Foods, Inc., this DVD focuses on the needs of experienced, non-technical food employees. It features the most updated information, including what food employees should know about third-party audits, food defense and allergens.
“This DVD goes beyond what to do and addresses why we do it,” said Martin Mitchell, RFA technical director. “Unlike our first training DVD, which came out in 2007 and focused on the entry-level person, the new DVD meets the needs of the mid-level employee.”
“Our industry is facing substantial changes in the regulatory structures in which we operate,” said Steve Loehndorf, technical director at Reser’s Fine Foods and RFA treasurer. “There are major reforms to the FD&C Act and the FDA is being granted much more authority. The best way to prepare for these changes and be successful is through training and making improvements in all operational practices. This DVD supports that initiative.”
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Created and produced by the RFA technical committee, the RFA Food Safety Training DVD for Experienced Employees runs about 90 minutes and is divided into 10 training sessions covering:
Importance of Food Safety and Microbiology in R-T-E Foods
Microorganisms in the plant
Sanitation and equipment cleanliness
Basic building maintenance
Preparing for an audit
The DVD program includes an accompanying Data CD training manual which includes sets of multiple choice and true/false review questions for each training session. The manual is designed to be customized to a company’s own policies and procedures. There are English and Spanish versions of the DVD and training manual included on the same discs.
“This new DVD is a valuable tool for refrigerated food manufacturers,” said RFA President Mark Brown. “It will provide experienced plant employees with the necessary food safety knowledge needed to operate their plants safely.”
The project was created and produced by the RFA Technical Committee, RFA Technical Director Martin Mitchell, and co-sponsored by RFA member companies Certified Laboratories, Inc.; IPL, Inc.; and Ecolab, Inc.
The RFA Food Safety Training for Experienced Employees DVD and CD manual is available for purchase for $225 through Silliker, Inc., the authorized distributor of the RFA DVD.
Members of the RFA will receive one copy of the DVD Program per company free of charge. (RFA Manufacturing members are sent one copy per company automatically. Associate member companies must request a copy through the RFA Office at 678-426-8175.)
A correction has been made to the Data CD Training Manual. In Chapter 8, Question #3, the manual indicates the correct answer to be option “B,” but the actual correct answer is option “A.” Click here to download the new Training Manual Answer Key - English - Spanish
The DVD format is appropriate for US and Canada. For use in other countries, you will need a DVD player with multi-region capabilities.
For questions, please contact the RFA office at 678-426-8175.
RFA Food Safety Training DVD - "Operation Food Safety: Everyone's Mission"
Refrigerated Foods Association Releases "Operation Food Safety: Everyone's Mission" DVD Training Program
Recognizing that a correctly trained staff is the foundation for food safety in any food plant, the Refrigerated Foods Association (RFA) has developed a valuable DVD training program designed to educate plant workers on basic food safety principles and ready employees for further training in plant specific policies.
Titled “Operation Food Safety: Everyone’s Mission,” the RFA Training DVD encourages food plant workers to enlist in a challenging – but winnable – battle to prevent foodborne illness and disease.
The project was created and produced by the RFA Technical Committee, RFA Technical Director Martin Mitchell, and co-sponsored by RFA member companies Silliker, Inc., Ecolab, Inc., Kerry Bio-Science, Moody Dunbar, Inc., IPL, Inc., and Packaging Technologies.
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The 20-minute DVD program begins with an intensive overview of refrigerated foods and important programs that can ensure their safety and quality. It is then divided into seven short training sessions covering:
Good personal hygiene
Microorganisms in the plant
Basic building maintenance
Through actual in-plant footage filmed at the manufacturing plants of Lakeview Farms, Inc. and St. Clair Foods, Inc., employees are given tangible, everyday examples of key food safety principles and practices.
“The content is very practical and will benefit companies tremendously,” says outgoing RFA President Mark Reser, who was one of the drivers of the new program. “New employees will quickly gain a good understanding of their role and a basic awareness of key food safety programs. Experienced employees will also benefit and perhaps see their jobs in a different light.”
Each copy of “Operation Food Safety: Everyone’s Mission” includes both an English and Spanish version and is accompanied by a CD manual, containing a read-along section with an overview of each information session, an Instructor’s guide with suggestions on how to conduct training, and a short quiz and answer key to test employees’ knowledge in each session after training.