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Produce Safety Rule Training

October 31, 2018
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Purdue food safetyPurdue Extension is offering a seven-hour food safety training at several locations across Indiana to help produce growers meet the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules.  Training topics include an introduction to produce safety; worker health, hygiene and produce safety training; managing soil amendments; potential impact from wildlife, domesticated animals and land use; agriculture water standards; post harvest handling and sanitation; and how to develop a farm safety plant.

Growers, packers, processors or sellers of fresh produce should attend. The goal of the program is to inform these individuals on how to prevent microbial contamination and reduce food-borne illnesses associated with fresh produce.

These sessions meet the training requirement for farms covered under the FSMA produce safety rule.  This is a great opportunity for growers to gain helpful information in one location, begin the process of learning about produce food safety, and work towards building a safety program for their farms.

The food safety training will be offered on Friday, November 30, at the Purdue Extension – Marshall County Office located in the Marshall County Building, at 112 W. Jefferson Street, Room 304 in Plymouth. The program will start at 9:00 am and last until 5:00 pm.  Cost to participate in the program is $100, which includes training material, certificate of completion, and lunch.  Preregistration is required.

A second northern Indiana session will be held at the Pinney-Purdue Ag Center, 11402 S. County Line Road in Wanatah on February 19, 2019.

To register for the program or ask questions call 765-494-6795 or visit www.SafeProduceIN.com.   Questions can be addressed by emailing Cathy Aper at caper@purdue.edu or Rhonda Taylor at taylorrm@prudeue.edu. Also, you can e-mail ryoder@purdue.edu or call 574-935-8545.

If you are involved in the produce industry or plan to be, this training will provide excellent information on produce food safety and meet educational standard for FSMA.

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