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Strawberry Specific Resources

The issue of food safety spans the spectrum of the specialty crops industry, in this case strawberries, having potentially damaging impacts on the entire supply chain. This webpage will offer information as well as resources to assist growers in effectively educating and communicating food safety concerns that arise in normal production environments.

Strawberry Webinar
This webinar training is designed to assist growers in discussions with their clients, whether school tours, community supported agriculture (CSA) members or u-pick customers, on food safety practices that they are implementing on their own farm and the role that each of them play in keeping our food supply fresh and safe. Presented by Dr. Ben Chapman and Diane Ducharme on January 22, 2015. Click here for Recording of Collaborate Session

Visual Reminders of Food Safety on the Farm
The following resources were created to provide growers with visual reminders/cues on food safety to use with their direct market customers. In our focus groups, growers also requested that food safety and post harvest information be combined so that one consistent message could be conveyed. The posters (8.5 X 11.5) represent this objective and are downloadable for growers’ use on the farm.

Created by Diane Ducharme, Katrina Levine and Drs. Ben Chapman and Penelope Perkins-Veazie.

Food Safety Messages For Consumers:

1. Wash Your Hands
2. Don’t Pick When You’re Sick
3. Use Clean & Sanitized Picking Containers
4. No Pets in the Fields
5. No Eating, Drinking, or Smoking in the Fields
6. Choose the Ripe Berries
7. Chill Quickly
8. Take Home Card for Consumers: For Best Berries  *This card is customizable; Just click in the box area at the bottom to add your Farm Name! (Note: May need to open different browser that supports Adobe Acrobat Pro).

Food Safety Messages For Workers/Managers:
We found that if we were giving messages to consumer on safe practices while in the field, we needed to have some reminders for both the growers and workers in those same fields! So below are a few to correspond with the above consumer messages:

1. Wash Your Hands
2. Don’t Work When You Are Sick
3. Clean and Sanitize Containers
4. Serve Safe Samples
5. Keep Samples Covered

Food Safety Messages Using Story Telling (Interpretation Training):
Clientele have shown a significant increase in both interest and knowledge (Harrison, et al., 2010) by the use of effective “story telling” methods to educate. The following 5 part story about the “Red Family” can be used in such a manner as to provide a walking story with food safety education and reminders on effective practices to use while on the farm. The posters are designed to be divided: the top page introduces the story (Segment A), with what was done wrong (“What’s wrong here?”) and how should this practice be correctly done (“What should be done?”). The bottom page give the answers (Segment B) to both of these questions. Ideally, these would be placed together with the ability to “flip” to the bottom page for answers in a walkway to the field or standing in line to get picking containers before entering the field.

1. Part 1: Strawberry Picking with the “Reds” Introduction

Segment 

Segment  B

2. Part 2: In the Field

Segment  A

Segment  B

3. Part 3: Fallen to the Ground

Segment

Segment  B

4. Part 4: No Soap

Segment  A

Segment  B

5. Part 5: Leave the Berries

Segment A

Segment  B

Additional Resources for Strawberry Growers:

Strawberry Picking Education Poster

Model Recall Letter

Handling a Food Recall

Cornell Decision Tree Checklist

N.C. Cooperative Extension Strawberry Food Safety Handout

California Strawberry Worker Health and Hygiene

FDA Flood Guidance (Infographic)

GAPs Water Testing – Page One (Infographic)

Pathogens on Produce (Infographic)

Animal Tracks (Infographic)

If you have any questions or want these resources to reflect your Farm’s name, please contact Diane_Ducharme@ncsu.edu for assistance.

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