The workshop is designed to teach produce professionals safe farming and handling practices and the three-day session will feature discussions of the latest food safety research, current Good Agricultural and Management practices, and tools to develop comprehensive food safety strategies for on-farm and packing house operations.
New for this year will be demonstrations of hands-on exercises on preparing and implementing a biosecurity plan for fresh produce operations.
Specific breakout sessions will teach participants how to identify and prevent food safety hazards, monitor hazard-reduction procedures, develop control limits, and document and verify the results of their efforts. Participants will also learn how to use microbial testing as a verification tool for audit compliance. The program will help participants establish systems for verifying food safety plans when performing field and packing house audits.
The workshop will be held Feb. 14-16 at the university's new Extension Food Science Training Facility in Athens, Ga. For further information, call Beth Berman, program coordinator, at (202) 303-3400, X-405.