N.C. State University’s Plants for Human Health Institute developed a mobile refrigerated unit – the “Pack ‘N Cool” – that producers can use as a model for constructing their own units. It combines the mobility of a cargo trailer with the refrigeration capabilities of a commercial cooler.
When companies announce a recall of fresh produce, communicating with the public is an important task. When fresh produce safety is compromised and recalls are issued, this Web portal will link to the most accurate, up-to-date information in the Recall Alerts section. To report a problem or learn more about a recall, visit the federal food safety Web site.
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N.C. Cooperative Extension agents have been conducting Tier 1 trainings throughout the state using the N.C. MarketReady Fresh Produce Safety GAPS Training curriculum.
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The N.C. MarketReady Fresh Produce Safety – Field to Family Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) Training Curriculum is bearing fruit for the nearly 300 growers and more than 120 Extension agents who have completed the training. Read more to find examples of the impacts the training is having on N.C. farms.See Previous Program Updates >>>
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A number of food safety bills are currently before Congress. You can read any bill introduced in the U.S. Congress at Thomas.gov maintained by the U.S. Library of Congress.
Search by "Bill Number." Current food safety bills are S 510 and H 2749. Choose to read the "Text of Legislation," selecting the "Reported in" or "Engrossed as Agreed to" file.
Status of Current Legislation: House Bill 2749 - Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009, passed in the House in July 2009. Senate Bill 510 - FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, is in committee where amendments are being considered. (Updated April 2010)
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