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Human Noroviruses, Berries, and Resources

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With the recent recall of frozen berries, implicating pomegranate seeds with Hepatitis A it is even more important to be aware of noroviruses. Human noroviruses are the most common cause of food borne disease, responsible for more than 5 million cases in the United States each year.

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FDA’s FSMA Proposed Rules Resources

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Continuing Updates on FSMA’s Two Rules, the Produce Safety Rule and the Preventative Controls Rule.
NEW ADDITION: PowerPoint creation to assist growers in understanding the two proposed rules.
 
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N.C. State, UT Scientists Secure $2M to Improve Organic Produce Safety

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Researchers and Extension specialists from the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture and North Carolina State University are partnering to work on a nearly $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) program.
 
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Food Safety Team Wins 2013 Opal Mann Green Award

The N.C. Fresh Produce Safety Task Force received a 2013 Opal Mann Green Engagement Award. The award recognizes and memorializes Dr. Green’s distinguished leadership and dedication to values including, creating inclusionary teams and community-based learning and mutually-beneficial action around local issues valued by community members.
 
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GAPs training in Plymouth, NC

Trainings & Events

Beginning in October 2013; a workshop series that addresses how farmers of all sizes can achieve USDA GAPs certification, deliver information on principles of fresh produce safety and on-farm hazard assessment, as well as provide assistance with creating a fresh produce farm safety plan will be offered around the state.

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US Capitol Building

Legislative Updates

FDA holds a stakeholder teleconference for industry regarding the proposal of two rules, the Produce Safety Rule and the Preventative Controls for Human Food Rule, under FSMA. A recording of teleconference can be heard.

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N.C. Fresh Produce Safety Task Force

The N.C. Fresh Produce Safety Task Force minimizes food safety risks and enhances the economic competitiveness of North Carolina’s fresh produce industry.

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