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.
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.
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.
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.