Fresh Produce Safety Symposium 2010- September 9th

Fresh Produce Safety Symposium 2010

September 9, 2010 from 9-2:30 PM at the NC State Fair Grounds, Martin Building

Outbreaks of food-borne illness related to contamination of fresh produce by human
pathogens continue to occur. Federal legislation has been proposed that will result
in new rules and regulation for farmers in North Carolina and nationally. There is
considerable debate about the application of these proposed rules.   This symposium
is targeted to growers, industry, academics, policy-makers, regulators, extension agents with the primary focus on the professional recommendations for “Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and Good Handling Practices (GHP)” for fresh produce safety and protection of public health. Speakers will relay the details of fresh produce food safety initiatives and research in their states, adding both regional and national perspectives.

Speakers include members of the NC Fresh Produce Safety Task Force:

Dr. Keith Baldwin

Dr. Benjamin Chapman

Diane Ducharme

Dr. Chris Gunter

Dr. Trevor Phister

And invited speakers:

Dr. Angie Fraser, Associate Professor/Food Safety Education Specialist, Clemson University

Dr. Kathryn Boyd, Clemson University

Dr. Renee Boyer, Assistant Professor/Extension Specialist, Virginia Tech

Dr. Rob Williams Associate Professor and Department Extension Leader, Virginia Tech

Dr. Michelle Danyluk, Assistant Professor, University of Florida

Dr. Larry Beuchat, Distinguished Research Professor, University of Georgia

Leanne Skelton- On detail from USDA as: Senior Policy Analyst, Produce Safety Staff Office of Food Safety, CFSAN, FDA

$20 Registration Fee Required.  Registration deadline is September 6th

To register or for more information, contact:

Lisa Gordon

NCSU Dept. of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences

129 Schaub Hall

(919) 515-2956

lisa_gordon@ncsu.edu

Funding from NC A&T State University.

Sponsored by: the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services,

the North Carolina Fresh Produce Safety Task Force, and NC Cooperative Extension

More information can be found at: NC Fresh Produce Safety Symposium

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NC Fresh Produce Safety Task Force Efforts for Farmers Toted in National Magazine

In a recently published article in the Food Safety Magazine entitled ” REGULATORY REPORT Produce Safety: FDA Reaches Out to Producers and Packers” , the NC Fresh Produce Task Force’s efforts were highlighted.  The high level of involvement from this task force was recognized – from facilitating NC as one of the designated F DA’s listening sessions states and going several steps further to gather farmer’s key issues throughout the state and submitting them formally to FDA’s open docket on the upcoming proposed rule.

To quote from this article ” States also invited us to participate in listening sessions. Some states took our outreach concept to a higher level of involvement. The North Carolina Task Force on Produce Safety not only invited us to the state for a listening session and tours of farms, but went on to organize 17 more sessions on its own around the state. The Task Force has since submitted to the open docket many pages of insightful comments from the more than 300 growers who attended those state-level sessions and made their views known.”  This effort was largely driven by the NC Fresh Produce Safety Task Force Member, Debbie Hamrick from the NC Farm Bureau, in her role as Co-Chair of  Working Group that works to ensure that industry and public policy decisions regarding fresh produce safety are informed by science-based information.

A special Thank You and Congratulations goes out to all those farmers, extension agents, regulators, industry representatives, and task force member that are involved in this Fresh Produce Safety Initiative!

2010-2011 N.C. MarketReady Fresh Produce Curriculum Trainings

In order to help agents as they present the N.C. MarketReady Fresh Produce Safety Curriculum trainings, I have created a cumulative summary of classes.    Please let me know if I have missed any or need to add any trainings.

Latest updates can be found on NC MarketReady Website, under Trainings & Events

Resources Requested from Educational Mock Audit/Risk Assessment at CEFS

On August 3rd and 4th 2010 an Educational Mock Audit/ Risk Assessment was conducted at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS). There were several resources mentioned. Here is a list of all documents that pertain to the educational GAPs audit.