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Principles of Fresh Produce Safety and Navigating the USDA GAP Audit

March 5th 2014

9:00 am-5:00 pm in Pittsboro, NC

The Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension, in partnership with North Carolina State University and Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA), will conduct two workshops with the aim of providing farmers with the tools to reduce food safety risks and meet market requirements.

This two-part Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) workshop series will address 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.

Navigating the USDA GAP Audit

North Carolina State University and North Carolina Cooperative Extension are partnering with the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) to deliver workshops across the state with the aim of providing farmers with the tools to reduce food safety risks and meet market requirements.

Navigating the USDA GAP Audit will address how local farmers can achieve  USDA Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) certification, provide information on risks associated with specific GAPs requirements, and outline logistics for preparing and scheduling a GAPs audit.

Fresh Produce Good Agricultural Practices Workshop Series

North Carolina State University and North Carolina Cooperative Extension are partnering with the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) to deliver workshops across the state with the aim of providing farmers with the tools to reduce food safety risks and meet market requirements.

This two-part Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) workshop series will address 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.

NC Cantaloupe Outreach Pilot Program

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.

Food Safety Audit Training for Farmers

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!

Wake Co. Farm to School Opportunity for Produce Growers

Attention WAKE COUNTY PRODUCE GROWERS – opportunity for a new market with
Farm to School

Good Agriculture Practices (GAP) & Food Safety Audit Training and
Cost-Share Opportunities

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

Contacts:
Carol Mitchell:   carol_s_mitchell@ncsu.edu919-250-1094
Jeana Myers:  jeana_myers@ncsu.edu919-250-1113

N.C. Listening Session on Proposed Fresh Produce Safety Rule

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.

FDA Public Meetings on the Proposed FSMA Rules

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.

2013 Winter Vegetable Conference and Trade Show

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.

International Association for Food Protection 2013 Annual Meeting

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.