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FAPC Flash - FAPC offers workshop to help producers meet FSMA Produce Safety Rule

Oklahoma State University’s Robert M. Kerr Food & Agricultural Products Center will hold a workshop focusing on produce food safety. FAPC’s Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course will take place May 16, 2017, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in room 120 of the center.

(Stillwater, Okla. – April 26, 2017) Oklahoma State University’s Robert M. Kerr Food & Agricultural Products Center will hold a workshop focusing on produce food safety.

FAPC’s Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course will take place May 16, 2017, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in room 120 of the center.

“Fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices, and co-management of natural resources and food safety should attend this training,” said Ravi Jadeja, FAPC food safety specialist.

Topics covered during the training include an introduction to produce safety; worker health, hygienge and training; soil amendments; wildlife, domesticated animals and land use; agricultural water; postharvest handling and sanitation; and how to develop a farm food safety plan.

In addition, the course will provide a foundation of Good Agricultural Practices, co-management information and FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements. Participants will gain a basic understanding of microorganisms and where they are found and identifying and reducing microbial risks.

William McGlynn, FAPC horticultural processing specialist, encourages all produce growers to participate in this training.

“The FSMA Produce Safety Rule requires one farm supervisor to complete a food safety training equivalent to the curriculum approved by the Food and Drug Administration,” McGlynn said. “The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the requirement.”

Upon completion of the course, participants will be eligible to receive a certificate from the Association of Food and Drug Officials verifying their completion of the training course. To receive an AFDO certificate, a participant must be present for the entire training and submit the appropriate paperwork to their trainer at the end of the course.

The cost for the workshop is $25 per person for Oklahoma residents. The registration fee includes parking, materials, refreshments and lunch.

For more information or to register for the workshop, visit http://fapc.biz/workshops/produce-safety-alliance-grower-training-course, call Karen Smith at 405-744-6277 or email karenl.smith@okstate.edu.

FAPC, a part of OSU’s Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, is celebrating its 20-year anniversary in 2017. Since its inception in January 1997, the center’s research laboratories, pilot-processing facilities, educational programs and seminars have kept food and agricultural processors and entrepreneurs on the forefront of cutting-edge value-added processing and technology.

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CONTACT:

Ravi Jadeja
Robert M. Kerr Food & Agricultural Products Center
106 FAPC
Stillwater, OK 74078
Phone: 405-744-6071
Fax: 405-744-6313
E-Mail: ravi.jadeja@okstate.edu

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