The Battle Creek-based International Food Protection and Training Institute (IFPTI) has been chosen as the national standard for food safety training by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The designation is as a direct result of the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009, which established a national food safety training program for small farmers and processors.

The announcement was made this week by Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow, the ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. Stabenow told WBCK's Richard Piet Wednesday the designation will have food safety ramifications across the country, as well as in Battle Creek where more stakeholders will visit to undergo food safety training.

In addition to the Battle Creek training hub, it is expected that regional training centers will be established across the country.

Hear Stabenow's remarks from Wednesday's Richard Piet Show by clicking the video below:

Click here to view the press release announcement this week from Senator Debbie Stabenow's office.

Hear The Richard Piet Show weekday mornings from 5:30-9 on WBCK.