Registration for New Packing House Sanitation Workshops

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Packing House Sanitation Workshop

This interactive workshop provides fruit and vegetable growers information and tools necessary to develop an effective cleaning and sanitizing program. After a morning of classroom discussion, the afternoon will include hands-on demonstrations of cleaning procedures and verification methods applicable to many packing houses. Topics for the workshop include:

  • Choosing the right detergent and sanitizer for your operation
  • Factors affecting efficacy of cleaning and sanitizing
  • Documentation including SOPs and monitoring logs
  • ATP and microbial surface swabbing
  • Evaluation of equipment for sanitary design
  • Color coding of equipment and tools
  • References to the Produce Safety Rule and market requirements

Cost and Registration

$50 registration fee includes all course resources as well as morning and afternoon snacks and lunch. If you have any questions, please contact Chris Gunter (, Chip Simmons (; 919-414-5632), Elena Rogers (; 828-352-2519), or Lynette Johnston (

Date Location Registration Deadline Registration Link
2/26/2020 Horticultural Crops Research Station, 2450 Faison Highway, Clinton, NC 28328 2/24/2020 Register Online
3/10/2020 Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center, 455 Research Drive, Mills River, NC 28759 3/7/2020 Register Online



N.C. Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services Piedmont Research Station, 8530 Sherrills Ford Road, Salisbury, NC 28147 3/15/2020 Register Online


Time Module
9:30–10 a.m. Registration and Coffee
10–10:10 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
10:10–10:40 a.m. Overview of Sanitation and its Importance
10:40–11:20 a.m. Cleaning and Sanitation Best Practices
11:20–noon Documentation and Verification Methods
Noon–12:30 p.m. LUNCH
12:30–1:15 p.m. Sanitary Equipment Design
1:15–3 p.m. Packing House Demonstrations and Hands-on Activities

  • Evaluate equipment design
  • Demonstrate effective cleaning and sanitizing procedures
  • Verify cleaning: chemical concentrations, ATP swabs, and recordkeeping


Chris Gunter
Extension Specialist
Horticultural Science
North Carolina State University

Chip Simmons
Area Specialized Agent – Food Safety
Fresh Produce Safety – Eastern NC
Horticultural Science
North Carolina State University

Elena Rogers
Area Specialized Agent – Food Safety
Fresh Produce Safety – Western NC
Horticultural Science
North Carolina State University

Lynette Johnston
Food Safety Area Specialized Agent
Horticultural Science
North Carolina State University