Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) Workshop
Food safety begins with sound practices on the farm, especially with fresh vegetable and fruit produce that is eaten raw. Recent outbreaks of food borne illnesses involving both fresh and processed food products have heightened public concern about food safety. Increasingly more consumers want to know how their food is grown. Most fresh produce retailers now require the producers who supply them to have 3rd party audits to verify safe food production and handling practices on the farm. The recently signed bill on food safety overhaul underscores the growing emphasis on food safety and the need for fresh produce farmers to produce a safe product.
This workshop has benefits for all producers, retailers and wholesalers in supermarkets, Farmers’ Markets, or for business owners in service industries. In particular, the GAPs workshop will equip producers with the knowledge to put together a written food safety plan. By becoming food safety compliant, producers will stay competitive in the specialty produce business.
University of Illinois Extension is teaming with University of Cornell Extension and USDA to offer “Good Agricultural Practices Workshop” on Thursday December 4, 2014 at the Jefferson County Extension Office from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Workshop Topics Include:
- Produce safety risk factors & impacts
- Post-harvest produce handling
- Water quality and testing
- Creating a food safety plan
- Auditing farms for GAPs/food safety
- Soil management/manure management
- Worker health and hygiene
- Traceability, Recall, and Liability issues
Registration is required for the workshop by November 26, 2014. Please register online at https://web.extension.illinois.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=11224. You can also stop by the Jefferson County Extension office to register for the event. For more information, please call Laurie George at the Jefferson County Extension Office at (618) 242-0780.
University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact the Unit Office at least two weeks prior to the event. University of Illinois Extension offers practical, research-based programs that help people improve their lives and address critical community issues involving youth, families, economics, health and natural resources