Basic Seafood HACCP Certification

Basic Seafood HACCP Certification

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires all seafood processors to undertake a hazards analysis to determine if significant seafood safety hazards exist. To aid members of the seafood industry in this requirement, the Seafood Laboratory offers training in Basic Seafood HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point).

Workshops are based on the new FDA Fish and Fishery Products Hazards and Controls Guidance (4th Edition) and the new Seafood HACCP Training Curriculum (5th Edition) released in April 2011. Visit the FDA Web site for more information on the new hazards guide and files to download. Visit the IFAS Extension Bookstore to order printed copies of either guide.

This training helps fisherman, dealers, processors, regulatory personnel and others identify and evaluate the critical points during handling and production of seafood and seafood products in order to set up control measures – or HACCP plans – that help ensure safe seafood.

During a Seafood HACCP Workshop, you will learn about rules and regulations for seafood and also develop a HACCP plan for your business. You will then qualify to receive HACCP Certification provided by the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO).

A standardized curriculum, developed by the National Seafood HACCP Alliance, is used for all Seafood Laboratory HACCP Workshops.

Two Types of Workshops

A three-day Basic Seafood HACCP workshop is offered by the Seafood Laboratory and includes all training necessary to qualify for AFDO certification.

Also available is an Internet Training Course, sponsored by Cornell University, which may be done online at your own pace. Once you complete “Segment One,” you must finish your training by attending a one-day “Segment Two” Workshop in order to qualify for AFDO certification. Visit for more information about the online course.

The Seafood Lab schedules Segment Two Workshops when at least 10 people have requested the training. We can also provide on-site closed workshops for companies. Contact the Seafood Lab for more information. Workshops are available nationwide from other universities and agencies. Visit the the AFDO website for listings.

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For further information or to be added to our workshop waiting list, contact the Seafood Lab at 252-222-6334 or email