Food safety training for farmers offered July 27 in Prairie View

Writer: Kathleen Phillips, 979-845-2872, ka-phillips@tamu.edu

Contact: Dr. Joe Masabni, 903-834-6191, joe.masabni@ag.tamu.edu

PRAIRIE VIEW — Fruit and vegetable growers are encouraged to attend a food safety training July 27 at the Carden-Waller Extension Building, 250 E.M. Norris St. in Prairie View.

  The event, from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., will teach growers about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act produce safety rule, good agricultural practices, and co-management of natural resources and food safety, according to organizer Dr. Joe Masabni, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horticulturist in Overton.

Farmers’ markets are increasingly popular and prevalent in Texas. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photograph by Adam Russell)

 

“The course is one way to satisfy the Produce Safety Rule, which requires a minimum of one supervisor or responsible party for a farm to have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration,” Masabni said.

Dr. Matthew Taylor, associate professor of food microbiology in the Texas A&M University animal science department at College Station, will also teach a part of this course.

  A $40 fee includes educational materials, a certificate of course completion, breakfast and lunch. Register at https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/ProduceSafety or phone 979-845-2604.

During the seven hours of instruction, participants will learn about the Produce Safety Rule; worker health, hygiene and training; soil amendments; wildlife, domesticated animals and land use; agricultural water during production and postharvest; postharvest handling and sanitation; and how to develop a farm food safety plan, Masabni noted.

“Participants should come prepared to share their experiences and produce safety questions,” he said.   

Masabni said the Texas Department of Agriculture provided a grant to encourage all the state’s fruit and vegetable producers to get certified on the latest food safety rules.

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