Feed the Future
This project is part of the U.S. Government's global hunger and food security initiative.

Does unsafe food threaten public health in your country? Is the food you eat at risk of contamination? Or, perhaps, has your shipment of agricultural goods been held at the port of entry because of a potential cargo pest infestation? 

The sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) plant health distance learning training courses are a “go to” resource to start answering your questions and address some of your challenges.  Interactive and web-based, these courses support the effort to integrate SPS good principles on food safety, animal health, and plant health in trade along agricultural value chains.

The Food Safety Network (FSN) recently released the first three of 14 SPS online training courses on plant pest surveillance, plant pest identification systems, and plant pest inspections. These courses feature the input of APHIS technical experts.

Food safety inspectionThese trainings provide knowledge on the importance of plant health in driving international trade and protecting countries and consumers from pests and diseases. Overseas, these trainings can help foreign agricultural officers and their counterparts in the government to understand and apply sound science principles of risk analysis to address plant health, animal health and food safety issues.

Additional modules will be released throughout 2018 on a variety of SPS topics related to plant health, animal health and food safety. English-language courses – and their Spanish- and French-language translations – will be made available as they are completed for use by learners across the globe. Please, check this site regularly for updates.

The Food Safety Network (FSN) is a U.S. government interagency collaboration between USAID and the USDA to promote the link among food safety, food security, and trade along agricultural value chains. Food safety improves public health; it also improves food security and ultimately improves trade and the economy. For more information go here.