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AFFI and IFPTI Promote Listeria Control Specialist Certificate Program

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The Arlington, Virginia-headquartered American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI), in partnership with the Portage, Michigan-based International Food Protection Training Institute (IFPTI), has introduced a Listeria Control Specialist certificate program for food safety management in food manufacturing facilities. The curriculum is based on AFFI’s Listeria Control Program, designed by subject matter experts and food safety professionals from across the food industry, aimed at Listeria monocytogenes (Lm) prevention and control inside frozen food facilities.  

“We are committed to advancing food safety throughout the frozen value chain,” said AFFI President and CEO Alison Bodor. “The certificate program is the latest example of how the American Frozen Food Institute is raising the bar on food safety practices to help prevent and control Lm.”

Participants who complete the five-course certificate program will be formally recognized as an expert, designated to control Lm within their facilities. Others who may benefit from taking the courses include regulatory officials, sanitation and quality professionals, construction and maintenance contractors, or anyone who would like to learn how to control Lm in food manufacturing facilities.

“AFFI is a recognized food safety leader and IFPTI is excited to expand our portfolio of food safety training to include this important certificate program specifically on Lm control,” said IPFTI Executive Director Gerald Wojtala. “The program is not specific to frozen food facilities, so anyone who manages sanitary operations in food manufacturing settings will benefit – as will companies as they build a culture of food safety within their plants.”

Each course features detailed learning objectives, interactive activities and food safety best practices. More information is available at