2023 Food Safety Update – Note Location change

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This program will discuss food safety practices that apply to produce farms and packing houses. We will provide an overview of industry and regulatory updates for the 2023 season and wrap up with keynote speaker Dr. Trevor Suslow, Professor Emeritus with UC Davis. Do not miss the opportunity to listen to Dr. Suslow as he gets us out of our comfort zone and pushes us to think about food safety plans and practices from a different perspective.

If you own/work at a produce farm, oversee food safety activities at a farm OR packinghouse OR work with produce farms this program is for you.

Date and Location (changed 4/27/23)

April 27, 2023
9:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

Due to weather, the location for this meeting has changed to:

Henderson Co. Extension Center

100 Jackson Park Rd

Hendersonville, NC 28792

(828) 697-4891

 Register via Eventbrite by April 24. Lunch will be provided.


  1. Welcome and Introductions
  2. Tools that can help support food safety programs at farms and packinghouses
    • Software that can streamline record-keeping to maintain a food safety plan
    • Water testing laboratory services in Western NC
    • Cleaning and sanitation companies that provide services to farms
  3. Breakout session focusing on updates for different food safety audits/certifications
    • USDA GAP Harmonized and Harmonized Plus
    • GFSI audits
  4. FSMA’s Produce Safety Rule Update
  5. Adapting to FSMA and industry audit expectations: “just tell me what to do “won’t cut it. Keynote speaker: Dr. Trevor Suslow, Professor Emeritus, UC Davis

Sponsored Lunch


Attendees will receive a certificate of participation.

Need more information?

Contact Elena Rogers, Area Specialized Agent- Food Safety/Fresh Produce – Western NC at elena_rogers@ncsu.edu or (828)352-2519