Food Safety Update for Produce Growers in Western NC

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Are you getting ready for a GAP Audit this summer but still have last minute questions? Do you need proof of training for your food safety audit? Are you ready for FSMA Produce Safety Rule Inspections?

N.C. Cooperative Extension agents will be offering an educational program to discuss key topics that all produce growers should be aware of during this growing season. If you have not had a chance to attend a program and need help this season, this is your last chance to get more in-depth information and get answers to your questions.

Meeting

Date: Thursday, June 6, 2019, from 9:30 a.m.–1 p.m., registration begins at 9 a.m.

Location: Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center, 455 Research Drive, Mills River, NC 28759. Sponsored Lunch by Produce Food Safety Services

Cost: This is a free educational event but pre-registration is required. A certificate of training will be provided if requested in the registration form. Register online (https://go.ncsu.edu/2019foodsafetymillsriver) or call Elena Rogers at 828-352-2519 if you need additional assistance.

Topics to be discussed

  • USDA GAP Harmonized Audits: Avoiding common problems during an audit
  • FSMA Produce Safety Rule: What requirements should large and small farms meet in 2019
  • Getting Ready for the Season: Improving employee training programs and discussion of the components of a Master Sanitation Schedule for produce farms and packinghouses 

Organizers

Elena Rogers, Area Specialized Agent, Food Safety – Fresh Produce

Craig Mauney, Area Specialized Agent, Commercial Vegetable and Food Production

Karen Blaedow, Extension Agent, Commercial Vegetables and Small Fruit, Henderson County

NC State University and N.C. A&T State University work in tandem, along with federal, state and local governments, to form a strategic partnership known as N.C. Cooperative Extension.