UDel offers produce food safety training – good agricultural and handling practices

2012 Produce Food Safety Training Session 2012

Good Agricultural Practices (GAP’s) – Good Handling Practices (GHP’s)

All produce growers who did not attend voluntary produce food safety (GAP/GHP) training sessions in 2011 or previous years are encouraged to do so in 2012.  This training program is offered by the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension, and the training certificate is issued by the Delaware Department of Agriculture.

The textured skin of cantaloupes requires careful handling and processing

Training covers microbial food contaminants, outbreaks associated with produce, how produce becomes contaminated, Good Agricultural Practices in the field (water sources; animals, manures, and compost; field sanitation; and worker hygiene) and Good Handling Practices from harvest to sales (packing area sanitation, worker hygiene, storage, handling, and shipping).  For wholesale growers, this training certification program satisfies some wholesale buyer requirements that growers attend GAP/GHP training.

For those expecting to go through an audit this year, this program will help you to know what is covered in an audit and how to develop your farm food safety plan.  Smaller growers who market locally are also encouraged to become trained and learn about best ways to keep produce safe from foodborne pathogens.

TRAINING CERTIFICATION SESSIONS IN SUSSEX COUNTY 2012

March 21, 2012, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.  All growers large and small.  Sessions at the University of Delaware, Carvel Research and Education Center, 16483 County Seat Highway, Georgetown 19947.  Call Karen Adams at (302) 856-2585 ext. 540 to register.  Contact Tracy Wootten or Cory Whaley (302) 856-7303 for more information.  A second session to fulfill requirements for wholesale growers will be scheduled as needed.

By: Gordon Johnson, Extension Vegetable and Fruit Specialist, University of Delaware

 

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