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North Carolina’s fresh produce safety efforts are broad and diverse, positioning the state as a national leader in food safety education and outreach. This website represents the “N.C. Fresh Produce Safety program,” part of N.C State University’s Plants for Human Health Institute. The program is led by Diane Ducharme and is based at the N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis.


Diane Ducharme, GAPs Program CoordinatorDiane Ducharme, GAPs program coordinator and Extension associate in horticulture & food safety, leads the N.C. Fresh Produce Safety program. She addresses fresh produce safety in production, harvest and marketing. She shares leadership in developing and delivering educational programs focused on fresh produce safety. Working alongside representatives from education, public policy, the fresh produce industry and research, Ducharme and her program play a key role on the N.C. Fresh Produce Safety Task Force.

Contact Diane: or 704-250-5402

Aubrey Ettinger (, NCSU – Extension Produce Safety and Nutrition Assistant

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Justin Moore (, NCSU – Extension Communications Assistant


Dr. Ben Chapman (, NCSU – Department 4-H Youth Development and Family & Consumer Sciences, Assistant Professor & Extension Food Safety Specialist

Dr. Chris Gunter (, NCSU – Department of Horticultural Science, Assistant Professor

Dr. Eduardo Gutierrez-Rodriguez (, NCSU- Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Services, Assistant Professor  & Extension Specialist Fresh Produce Safety

Dr. Chip Simmons (, NCSU – Department of Biological & Engineering and the Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences, Assistant Professor