Delaware Cooperative Extension Announces Food Safety Trainings for 2015
A two track training on food safety practices that reduce the risk of foodborne illness when growing fruits and vegetables. The first session (3 hours) is for those farmers who only grow produce while the second track expands the principles learned in track one to include further processing such as washing and packing of the product for sale.
The class, taught by a team of Extension Agriculture and Family and Consumer Science Educators, offers farmers a Delaware Department of Agriculture certificate for completion of food safety training.
In 2015, three basic training opportunities will be offered for produce growers on food safety and good agricultural practices and good handling practices (GAP’s and GHP’s) by Delaware Cooperative Extension. 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 growers who have attended previous trainings, we are having two update sessions which will provide the latest information on produce food safety science, industry actions, audit requirements, and the status of the upcoming FDA-FSMA produce regulations. A portion of the session will be spent on proposed water sampling requirements and irrigation water treatment options.
All Sessions will be held at University of Delaware County Extension Offices
New Castle: 461 Wyoming Road, Newark, DE 19716— Kent: 69 Transportation Circle Dover, DE 19901—
Sussex: 16483 County Seat Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947
Dates and Locations:
Basic and wholesale sessions for those who have not attended training in the past:
NEW CASTLE COUNTY – April 16, 6-9 p.m. basic session. Phone (302) 831-2667 to register. Register online.
KENT COUNTY – March 19, 9 a.m.-noon for the basic session with an additional 3 hours for those selling to wholesalers from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Phone (302) 730-4000 to register. Register online.
SUSSEX COUNTY – March 18, 6-9 p.m. for the basic session with an additional 3 hour session for those selling to wholesalers on March 30 from 6-9 p.m. Phone (302) 856-7303 to register. Register online.
Update sessions for those that have already attended trainings:
KENT COUNTY – March 20, 9 a.m.-noon. Phone (302) 730-4000 to register. Register online.
SUSSEX COUNTY – March 24, 6-9 p.m. Phone (302) 856-7303 to register. Register online.
For more information you may also contact Gordon Johnson via email or by calling 302-545-2397