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455 Caton Rd, Lumberton, NC 28360 455 Caton Rd, Lumberton, NC 28360 NC Fresh Produce Safety 2 months ago

Have heard about the new set of Federal food safety regulations and that small farms are exempt from this law? Come get the facts about the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)'s Produce Safety Rule (PSR) and learn how the practices in the rule are relevant to small farms and how your farm may be impacted by the PSR. As part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the FDA developed “Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption”, commonly referred to as the Produce Safety Rule (PSR). The goal for this Rule is to minimize the risks for consumers of eating raw fruit and vegetables that could be contaminated with bacteria, viruses, or parasitic organisms that cause food borne illness. The Produce Safety Rule targets produce (fruits and vegetables) that are usually eaten raw. The intent of this workshop is to help you understand where your farm may falls under this regulation and learn about food safety practices that are relevant to small, diversified farms in NC. Farm inspections are expected to start in the Spring of 2019 and even though most small and medium scale farms may be not covered or qualified exempt from some of the stipulations of the Rule all produce growers have the responsibility to grow, pack and hold produce following safe practices. Come learn with us!

Dinner will begin around 6:00 pm and the program will start around 6:30 pm.

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Dr. Chip Simmons is an Area Specialized Agent for food safety serving eastern NC. His background is in environmental/public health microbiology and food safety. He is a lead trainer for both the Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) curriculum as well as the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance curriculum, the two training curricula currently approved for meeting the requirements for the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and the Food Safety Preventive Controls Rule, respectively. He grew up on a farm in eastern NC and the focus of his efforts are to promote food safety on produce farms by helping growers understand and prepare for FSMA implementation as well as to assist growers in meeting their buyer requirements.

Feb 25 Mon

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Buncombe County Center, 49 Mt Carmel Rd. Suite 102, Asheville, NC 28806 Buncombe County Center, 49 Mt Carmel Rd. Suite 102, Asheville, NC 28806 NC Fresh Produce Safety 2 weeks away

USDA Harmonized GAP Standards Workshop – Asheville, NC
General Questions and Post-Harvest Operations Scopes

Join us to learn more about on-farm food safety!

CFSA and NC Cooperative Extension have partnered to deliver a workshop that will provide an overview of the process required to successfully go through a USDA Harmonized GAP Audit. During this workshop we will provide attendees with the resources to build your Food Safety Plan, discuss how to effectively conduct risk assessments and address common challenges that farms experience as they become GAP Certified. The USDA GAP Harmonized Audit was modified by USDA in 2018 in order to be aligned with FSMA’s Produce Safety Rule; we will discuss what this means for farms being audited.

DATE: Thursday, May 9
TIME: 8:30 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
LOCATION: Buncombe County Center, 49 Mt Carmel Rd. Suite 102, Asheville, NC 28806
REGISTRATION: $20 CFSA Members / $25 Non-members (lunch included). Call 919-542-2402 to register by phone.

PRESENTERS: Kim Butz, CFSA; Elena Rogers, NCSU

For more info:

May 9 Thu