The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is partnering with N.C. State University Cooperative Extension to offer the N.C. Cantaloupe Pilot Program. The N.C. cantaloupe pilot program will consist of education and outreach programs offered as a seminar in the classroom and voluntarily assessment on the farm. The programs will help cantaloupe producers to develop strategies for reducing the risk of food contamination and for handling such incidents if they occur.
Trainings & Events
Food Safety Audit Training for Farmers
Today every farm, large or small, needs to have a smart plan for ensuring food safety. “Good Agricultural Practices” or “GAP” certification is one way to put a plan in place. It has the added bonus of opening doors to markets that require GAP. But will GAP work in the small farm context? The answer increasingly is — yes!
Attention WAKE COUNTY PRODUCE GROWERS – opportunity for a new market with
Farm to School
Good Agriculture Practices (GAP) & Food Safety Audit Training and
Date: February 20, 2013; (7:00am – 500pm)
Registration fee: $30, pre-registration required
Location: Wake County Cooperative Extension, 4001-E Carya Drive,
Raleigh, NC 27610
The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is hosting a listening session with FDA on February 20, 2013, in Raleigh, N.C., regarding the recently released proposed fresh produce rule. This is an opportunity for the public to hear from FDA and ask questions prior to the close of the comment period on May 16, 2013.
The FDA has announced public meetings to discuss proposed rules that are part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The first meeting in a series of three public meetings will be held on February 28 and March 1, 2013, in Washington, D.C. The next two meetings will be held in Chicago and Portland.
February 20-21, 2013 – The 44th Annual Meeting and Winter Vegetable Conference and Trade Show, sponsored by the N.C. Tomato Growers Association, takes place at the Crowne Plaza and Resort in Asheville, N.C.
July 28-31, 2013 – The International Association for Food Protection brings its annual meeting to Charlotte in 2013. The conference is attended by more than 2,500 industry, academic and governmental food safety professionals from six continents.
December 6, 2012 – This training will compliment the Good Agriculture Practices (GAPs) and Good Handling Practices (GHPs) outlined by the FDA/USDA.
November 13, 2012 – Dr. Carol Wallace of the University of Central Lancashire will present a seminar, “Best Practices in Training for Effective Food Safety Management and HACCP Implementation in the Processing Sector,” on the N.C. State University campus in Raleigh.
N.C. State University and N.C. Cooperative Extension are partnering with the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association to deliver workshops across the state that help N.C. farmers meet with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) fresh produce safety standards. Workshops will be held at four Cooperative Extension centers across the state in November and December 2012.