2023 NC Produce Safety Professionals Conference

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The NC Produce Safety Task Force is inviting you to join us for this year’s conference. The topic we will be focusing on is addressing food safety incidents from a legal perspective.

This event will expand your knowledge on the legal aspects of food safety regulations when growing and selling produce and other value added products. The audience will gain an understanding of the interplay of federal and state law and regulations in the area of produce safety and what happens in the event a farm or facility is involved in an official regulatory action (such as recalls and outbreak investigations). Finally we will discuss how to put in place mitigation strategies to protect your farm and/or business.

We strongly encourage produce growers, market managers, food hubs, CSA’s, roadside stand operators, small food distributors, consultants and extension agents to attend.

Event Details

Date and Time Location Registration/cost

December 12, 2023

9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

NC A&T University Farm Pavillion

3020 McConell Road
Greensboro, NC 27401

The cost is $25.00 per participant includes lunch and coffee breaks.

To register click on the following link: https://go.ncsu.edu/produceconference

Deadline to register
December 8, 2023

No refunds will be issued 3 days before the event.

Tentative Agenda for the Conference

9:00-9:10 a.m. Welcome
9:10-10:10 a.m. What are the rules/laws that cover Farmers, Farmers Markets, Food Hubs and Produce/Food Distributors?

  • Overview NCDA&CS Food & Drug Regulatory scheme
  • Overview NCDA&CS Food & Drug FSMA PSR Regulatory scheme
  • Overview NCDHHS Regulatory scheme direct to consumer market
  • Overview NCDA&CS Meat & Poultry Inspection Regulatory scheme

10:10-10:25 a.m. Break

10:25-11:25 a.m. Foundation of Food Law: ABC’s
11:25-12: 25 p.m. Anatomy of an Investigation

12:30-1:15 p.m. Lunch (will be provided)

1:15-1:45 p.m. Protection/mitigation: Insurance
1:45-2:25 p.m. Protection/mitigation: Putting in place a recall plan
2:35-3:10 p.m. Basics of being crisis ready

3:30 p.m. Adjourn

Additional Information

Debbie Hamrick at debbie.hamrick@ncfb.org or (919)302-9538  ORElena Rogers at elena_rogers@ncsu.edu or (828)352-2519

This event is organized by the North Carolina Produce Safety Task Force.
Our partners include:
NC State University
NC A&T University
NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
NC Farm Bureau
Carolina Farm Stewardship

A copy of the flyer for this event can be accessed using this link  if you would like to advertise this event in your area.