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.
N.C. MarketReady published the Fresh Produce Safety – Field to Family Good Agricultural Practices training curriculum to help fruit and vegetable growers across the state minimize fresh produce safety risks.
The N.C. MarketReady Fresh Produce Safety – Field to Family curriculum was distributed to N.C. Cooperative Extension agents in November. The training manual focuses on Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), including what it takes to obtain GAPs certification, and managing risks from field to market.
The N.C. Fresh Produce Safety Task Force will host representatives from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday, September 28, 2009, in Raleigh, for a Small Farm Produce Safety Listening Session. Several dozen small farm produce growers are expected to participate in this meeting to share concerns about [...]
Judson Armentrout, Director for Sustainability Practice, FoodLogiQ, presents a case study of an industry led national initiative in the livestock industry highlighting lessons learned and best practices that may be applicable to the produce traceability initiative.
The Produce Traceability Initiative, sponsored by the Canadian Produce Marketing Association, Produce Marketing Association and United Fresh Produce Association, is designed to help the industry maximize the effectiveness of current traceback procedures, while developing a standardized industry approach to enhance the speed and efficiency of traceability systems for the future, For more information on this [...]
Larry Gabriel, Assistant Director of Regulatory Programs, N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Food and Drug Division, explains the standards for good agricultural practices (GAPs) set forth in the 1998 originating document. The FDA recently announced a comment period to seek information about current agricultural practices and conditions, risk factors associated with these practices, and possible measures that FDA could implement that would enhance the safety of fresh produce.
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