Ohio Produce Safety Workshop Set for Jan. 30

1/26/2013 7:00 AM

COSHOCTON, Ohio — Ohio State University’s Fruit and Vegetable Safety Team will hold a program on preventing microbial contamination on fruit and vegetable farms 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, in the Coshocton County Services Building, Room 125, 724 S. Seventh St., Coshocton.

Food safety and Good Agricultural Practices, or GAPs, for fruit and vegetable production are the focus.

“The Food and Drug Administration has just released draft standards for safe production and harvest of fruits and vegetables as part of the Food Safety Modernization Act,” said Ashley Kulhanek, the team’s program coordinator. “Whether or not a farm will be exempt from these rules, the new year is a good time to learn about GAPs.”

Participants can reserve a spot by contacting Emily Adams in OSU Extension’s Coshocton County office at 740-622-2265 or adams.661<\@>osu.edu. Pre-registration is encouraged but not required. Walk-ins are welcome.

Cost is $10. Financial support for the workshop is provided in part by a grant from the Ohio Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Program.

More information can be found at http://www.producesafety.osu.edu.

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