OLATHE, Kan. — Farmer’s markets and other fresh produce sales venues had a slow start this season as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, but many are now opening to the public.
To help produce growers keep up with the best food safety practices and regulations, K-State Research and Extension is hosting online training sessions this summer. The sessions are sponsored by the Kansas Department of Agriculture.
- June 23, 3 p.m. – Introduction to Produce Safety Rule Coverage & Exemptions – Free – For farmers who grow, harvest or pack fresh produce. It will cover how the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) produce safety laws may affect your produce farm.
- July 9, 3-4:30 p.m. – Cleaning and Sanitizing for Produce Growers – Free – Includes videos, information sharing, and time for questions and answers.
- July 14, 6:30-8 p.m. – repeat of Cleaning and Sanitizing for Produce Growers – Free.
- July 15 and July 22, 1-5 p.m. – FSMA Produce Safety Alliance Training – $20 – Attend entire eight-hour training to get an Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) certificate. Requires a video camera on your device.
- July 29, 3-5 p.m. – Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) Food Safety Plan Workshop – $5 – Learn requirements to get USDA GAP certified and to create a food safety plan. Templates and record examples will be provided. Note that GAPs cost share funds are still available to Kansas produce growers.
— Mary Lou Peter, K-State Research and Extension
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