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Food safety workshop scheduled for Feb. 22

 

Purdue Extension will be holding GAPs (Good Agricultural Practices) training from 3-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at the Clearspring Produce Auction on the corner of CR 200S and CR 300W. Pre-registration is requested by Friday, Feb. 17, and there is a cost. For more information, contact Purdue Extension LaGrange County at 114 W. Michigan St., LaGrange, IN 46761 or call (260) 499-6334.

Increased concerns about foodborne illness from fresh produce and the attendant economic loss from foodborne illness have motivated many growers to voluntarily adopt good agricultural practices (GAPs). GAPs help reduce microbial contamination on their farms and improve food safety systems.

The National GAPs Program was established in 1999, funded by CSREES-USDA and US-FDA. The GAPs Program has collaborators in 26 states throughout the nation and has created many educational materials to help implement good agricultural practices on the farm. The goal of the National GAPs Program is to reduce microbial risks in fruits and vegetables by developing a comprehensive extension and education program for growers and packers.

Participants of this training will receive a certificate of GAPs Training Completion.

Also, participants are requested to contribute a small donation on Feb. 22 to the Clearspring Produce Growers and to bring a cold dish, finger foods, or a snack. Sandwiches will be provided.

For more information, contact Purdue Extension Educator Steve Engleking at (260) 499-6334 or sengleking@purdue.edu.