After decades of delay, Chicken Farmers of Ontario ("CFO") now requires all quota-based chicken producers to be trained on the use of antimicrobials on or before May 15, 2015.
Is that requirement sufficient and effective?
Section 1.02 (i) of CFO Regulation 202-2014 (On Farm Food Safety Assurance and Animal Care Policy) passed under Ontario's Farm Products Marketing Act says:
"Producers must participate in antimicrobial use training by May 15, 2015."
|Figure 1: Part of the program at Poultry Industry|
Council session in Jordan ON on Feb. 11, 2015.
As you may have guessed, I have a few questions:
- Has CFO verified and approved PIC's claim that their course meets all necessary requirements for this training?
- Can sufficient comprehension be achieved in 1 hr. or less?
- Does this training come complete with a comprehension test for trainees at the conclusion of the training? If not, how do we know that the training was effective?
- Did the Instructors attend and successfully pass a "Train the Trainer" course on this training topic? If not, how was it determined that they are capable of training others in this course material?
- What competent person reviewed the credentials and approved the instructors as competent in the course material, as well as competent as Instructors?
- What competent person reviewed and approved the course curriculum to ensure it was adequate for the intended purposes?
- If there are no answers to these important questions, what are we to conclude to the purpose and effectiveness of CFO's Regulation?
A link to this posting has been sent to both CFO and PIC, seeking their feedback to these important questions.
Please hold your breath while we await their answers. I trust they will both be back to us immediately with their full, transparent, open, and honest disclosure. ;-)