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Strawberry Good
Agricultural Practices Workshop Series

The first workshop, Principles of Fresh Produce Safety and Navigating the USDA GAP Audit, will consist of on-farm instruction to provide producers with the tools needed to identify potential food safety concerns, as well as strategies to minimize potential contamination. The second workshop, Fresh Produce Safety Program and Plan Development, conducted in a computer lab, will provide direct assistance to producers in completing a fresh produce safety plan. Attendees will leave this session with a well-developed working draft of their specific food safety plan, which becomes the framework for an audit, and can be used to demonstrate individual farm risk-reduction steps. Each workshop is designed to deliver strawberry-specific food safety training and offer implementation mechanisms for a food safety plan. Workshops will be presented by Diane Ducharme. Strawberry GAP Workshop Wilson County Day One: January 3rd, 2015 from 8 am – 12 pm Meet at: Dean’s Farm Market | 4231 N Carolina 42, Wilson, NC 27893 Day Two: January 13th, 2015 from 9 am – 4 pm (Lunch Provided) Meet at: Extension Office |1806 SW Goldsboro St., Wilson, NC 27893 Contact Wilson County Cooperative Extension, Connie Bailey at (252) 237-0111 or connie_bailey@ncsu.edu by December 19, 2014 to register. Registration fee is $10. Strawberry GAP Workshop Guilford County Day One: January 29th, 2015 from 8 am – 12 pm Meet at: Extension Office | 3309 Burlington Rd, Greensboro, NC 27405 Day Two: January 30th, 2015 from 9 am – 4 pm (Lunch Provided) Meet at: Extension Office | 3309 Burlington Rd, Greensboro, NC 27405 Contact Guilford County Cooperative Extension, Rachel Herring at (336) 641-2433 or rvherrin@ncsu.edu by January 15th to register. Registration fee is $10. This project is supported in part by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Specialty Crop Blok Grant Program.

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NC Cooperative Extension Service

Strawberry Good
Agricultural Practices Workshop Series

The first workshop, Principles of Fresh Produce Safety and Navigating the USDA GAP Audit, will consist of on-farm instruction to provide producers with the tools needed to identify potential food safety concerns, as well as strategies to minimize potential contamination. The second workshop, Fresh Produce Safety Program and Plan Development, conducted in a computer lab, will provide direct assistance to producers in completing a fresh produce safety plan. Attendees will leave this session with a well-developed working draft of their specific food safety plan, which becomes the framework for an audit, and can be used to demonstrate individual farm risk-reduction steps. Each workshop is designed to deliver strawberry-specific food safety training and offer implementation mechanisms for a food safety plan. Workshops will be presented by Diane Ducharme. Strawberry GAP Workshop Wilson County Day One: January 3rd, 2015 from 8 am – 12 pm Meet at: Dean’s Farm Market | 4231 N Carolina 42, Wilson, NC 27893 Day Two: January 13th, 2015 from 9 am – 4 pm (Lunch Provided) Meet at: Extension Office |1806 SW Goldsboro St., Wilson, NC 27893 Contact Wilson County Cooperative Extension, Connie Bailey at (252) 237-0111 or connie_bailey@ncsu.edu by December 19, 2014 to register. Registration fee is $10. Strawberry GAP Workshop Guilford County Day One: January 29th, 2015 from 8 am – 12 pm Meet at: Extension Office | 3309 Burlington Rd, Greensboro, NC 27405 Day Two: January 30th, 2015 from 9 am – 4 pm (Lunch Provided) Meet at: Extension Office | 3309 Burlington Rd, Greensboro, NC 27405 Contact Guilford County Cooperative Extension, Rachel Herring at (336) 641-2433 or rvherrin@ncsu.edu by January 15th to register. Registration fee is $10. This project is supported in part by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Specialty Crop Blok Grant Program.

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Strawberry Good
Agricultural Practices Webinar

Who: Strawberry Growers of North Carolina What: Strawberry Webinar When: January 22, 2015 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Where: Collaborate Session (Web-based) Why: The issue of food safety spans the spectrum of the specialty crops industry having potentially damaging impacts on the entire supply chain. This webinar training is designed to assist growers in discussions with their clients, whether school tours, community supported agriculture (CSA) members or u-pick customers, on food safety practices that they are implementing on their own farm and the role that each of them play in keeping our food supply fresh and safe. Presented by Ben Chapman and Diane Ducharme. This project is supported in part by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. To register: Scroll down and fill the embedded form.

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FDA's FSMA Proposed
Rules and Resources

PowerPoint Created to Assist Growers in Understanding the Two FSMA Proposed Rules. In cooperation with the NC Fresh Produce Safety Task Force, NCSU/NC Cooperative Extension have developed a powerpoint slide presentation outlining the details of the proposed produce safety rule as well as the preventative controls rule.

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Choosing and Using
Chlorine-Based Products

A serious issue has been brought to the attention of the North Carolina Fresh Produce Task Force (NCFPSTF) regarding the use of household bleach mixed with soap when washing and disinfecting fresh produce. We want to remind you that only FOOD GRADE chlorine-based disinfectants can be used when disinfecting fruits and vegetables. Most growers have a ready-to-eat product that can only be in direct contact with chlorine solutions that are approved under the food code of federal regulations Chapter 21 CFR Part 173.  Please also avoid mixing non-food-grade soaps or other chemicals that are not food grade and/or not intended to be used in combination with chlorine solutions. Chlorine will react with some of these chemicals generating carcinogenic compounds that will remain in direct contact with the fruit or vegetable being disinfected. If you are in doubt of which food grade chlorine-based disinfectants to use in direct contact with fruits and vegetables or how to handle and prepare these solutions, please refer to the pamphlet linked below describing this and other important aspects linked to food grade chlorine-based disinfectants. The NCFPSTF will be hosting workshops in the next two months targeting this specific practice.  Further information of the locations, dates, and times will be provided in the near future.   FBNS Fact Sheet: Choosing and Using Chlorine-Based Products (PDF) Eduardo Gutierrez-Rodriguez, PhD Assistant Professor - Extension Specialist egutier2@ncsu.edu

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Human Noroviruses, Berries, and Resources

With the recent recall of frozen berries, implicating pomegranate seeds with Hepatitis A it is even more important to be aware of noroviruses. Human noroviruses are the most common cause of food borne MORE »

Navigating the USDA GAP Audit

North Carolina State University and North Carolina Cooperative Extension are partnering with the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) to deliver workshops across the state with the aim of providing farmers with the tools to reduce food MORE »

Fresh Produce Good Agricultural Practices Workshop Series

North Carolina State University and North Carolina Cooperative Extension are partnering with the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) to deliver workshops across the state with the aim of providing farmers with the tools to reduce MORE »

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Wilson Co Strawberry GAP TrainingMon Jan 5, 2015
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Where:
Dean's Farm Market | 4231 N Carolina 42, Wilson, NC 27893
— 1 month away
Wilson Co Strawberry GAP TrainingTue Jan 13, 2015
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Where:
Wilson County Extension | 1806 SW Goldsboro St., Wilson, NC 27893
— 2 months away
Strawberry Good Agricultural Practices WebinarThu Jan 22, 2015
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Where:
Collaborate Session (Web-based)
— 2 months away
Guilford Co Strawberry GAP WorkshopThu Jan 29, 2015
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Where:
Guilford County Extension | 3309 Burlington Rd, Greensboro, NC 27405
— 2 months away
Guilford Co Strawberry GAP WorkshopFri Jan 30, 2015
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Where:
Guilford County Extension | 3309 Burlington Rd, Greensboro, NC 27405
— 2 months away
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