Have heard about the new Federal food safety regulations and wondered how your operation may be impacted? Come get the facts about the Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule (PSR) and learn how the practices in the rule are specifically relevant to farms growing, harvesting, and packing green beans in NC. 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 to consumers of eating raw fruit and vegetables that may become 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 falls under this regulation and learn about food safety practices that are relevant to diversified farms in NC. Farm inspections began in the Spring of 2019 and your farm may currently be subject to State inspections at this point! Regardless, all produce growers have the responsibility to grow, pack and hold produce following safe practices. Come learn with us!
The program will start around 10:30 am and lunch will be served at noon.
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.