North Carolina Produce Safety Professionals Conference

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North Carolina Fresh Produce Safety Task Force logo

The NC Fresh Produce Safety Task Force hosted the NC Produce Safety Professionals Conference on March 14, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the NC Farm Bureau Conference Facility (5301 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC).

There was a good turnout for the Conference with a mix of produce professionals, Task Force members, county extension agents, farm produce safety officers, regulators, and association executives working directly with produce farms in the area of fresh produce safety and the Food Safety Modernization Act.


Time Title Speaker’s Name Affiliation Presentation Links
8:00 a.m. Registration and Welcome  Chris Gunter and Larry Wooten  NCSU and NC Farm Bureau  Link
8:30 a.m. Case Study of Listeria in the Retail Environment Ben Chapman Extension Food Safety Specialist and Associate Professor
Agricultural and Human Sciences
NC State University
9:00 a.m. How a Foodborne
Outbreak is Investgated
Nicole Lee NC Department of Health and Human Services 2001 Mail Service Center
State Public Health Agency
9:30 a.m. PSN Outreach & Regulatory Infrastructure Diane Ducharme and Nicole Clausen Consumer Safety Officer, Produce Safety Network at Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition at FDA;
Food Program expert
Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA)
Office of Food Feed Operations
Food Feed Program Operations Branch
10:00 a.m. Overlap of FMSA Produce Safety and Human Foods Rules Anita MacMullan Director, Food and Drug Division
10:30 a.m. BREAK
11:00 a.m. FSMA and State  Implementation including On Farm Readiness Reviews Bob Ehart Senior Policy & Science Advisor – NASDA
Arlington, VA
11:30 a.m. What do On Farm Readiness Reviews Look Like? Chris Gunter Extension Vegetable Production Specialist
Horticultural Science
North Carolina State University
12:00 p.m. LUNCH
1:00 p.m. GAP Audit vs Inspection Panel Discussion Moderator: Elena Rogers
Panel: Chris Harris, Ronnie Wynn
Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture – Food Safety – Fresh Produce Western NC;
Food and Drug Proction Division
NCDA&CSCooperative Grading Service
Marketing Division
1:30 p.m. Agricultural Water Trevor Suslow Extension Research Specialist
Department of Plant Sciences
Davis, CA
2:00 p.m. Soil Amendments Pat Milner Research Microbiologist
Environmental Microbial & Food Safety Lab
Beltsville, MD
2:30 p.m. BREAK
3:00 p.m. Role of NCDA in FSMA Implementation Joe Reardon Consumer Protection, Assistant Commissioner of Agriculture,
3:30 p.m. Packing House Sanitation  Trevor Suslow  Extension Research Specialist
Department of Plant Sciences
Davis, CA
4:00 p.m. Information Delivery and Consistency Elena Rogers and Chip Simmons Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture – Food Safety – Fresh Produce Western NC;
Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture – Food Safety – Fresh Produce Eastern NC
4:15 p.m. Wrap Up/ Final Thoughts  Chris Gunter  NCSU

For More Information about this event contact:
Dr. Chris Gunter, NC State University, Horticultural Science

Vegetable Production Specialist/Associate Professor
Horticultural Science
North Carolina State University
230 Kilgore Hall, Box 7609
Raleigh, NC  27695-7609
(o) 919-513-2807
(f) 919-515-2505