MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. — Cornell Cooperative Extension Orange County is happy to announce our upcoming training scheduled for Thursday, January 16th and Friday, January 19th from 8 AM to 5 PM. This grower training is designed to educate fruit and vegetable growers and other interested parties in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and co-management of natural resources and food safety. The following training is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement. The training will be held at the Pine Island Fire Department located at 684 County Road 1, Pine Island, New York.
Participants will be issued a certificate of course completion by the Association of Food and Drug Officials on the first day (January 16th). On the second day (January 17th), farms will receive a GAPs certification and farm food safety writing plan.
The primary goals of the training are;
- Introduction to Produce Safety
- Worker Health, Hygiene and Training
- Soil Amendments
- Wildlife, Domesticated Animals, and Land Use
- Agricultural Water (Part 1: Production Water, Part 2: Postharvest Water)
- Postharvest Handling and Sanitation
- How to Develop a Farm Food Safety Plan
Training Fees: $35/attendee/day; $50/attendee for 2 days
The Food Safety Modernization Act Grower Training is sponsored by: Cornell Cooperative Extension, NoVo Foundation, The National GAPs Program, Produce Safety Alliance, Cornell University, New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets, Glynwood and NECAFS.
Cornell Cooperative Extension and its partnerships provide programs for Orange County residents on youth and family development; nutrition, health, and food safety; community and economic vitality; and agricultural sustainability through Cornell based research. Committed to Orange County, we design programs to meet local needs to enable people to improve their lives and communities. For more information call Cornell Cooperative Extension Orange County at 845-344-1234 or visit our website at www.cceorangecounty.org.
–Cornell Cooperative Extension Orange County
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