You can now become Sheep Safety and Quality Assurance (SSQA) Level 1 certified from the comfort of your own home. The American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) just released the newly developed online version of this training, and it is available at www.sheepusa.org by clicking on "Online Education."
"The American sheep industry has a long history of producing a quality product," commented Glen Fisher, ASI president. "The SSQA course is a valuable tool for producers to use to demonstrate their commitment to this goal."
Consumers are increasingly concerned about the safety of the food they eat as well as the quality of the product they buy. The SSQA program has been developed to ensure that consumer products generated by the U.S. sheep industry are safe and of the highest possible quality.
The Level 1 training is designed to educate producers on the basics of assuring safety and quality in American lamb products, to describe and define the safety and quality guidelines and to assure that producers understand the concepts and reasoning behind the development of the guidelines and the importance of their implementation.
At the conclusion of the training, participants complete the assessment and mail the results to ASI to be added to the growing list of producers who believe that producing safe and high quality lamb is of the utmost importance.
Staff contact: Paul Rodgers