Friday, May 6, 2011

Last Chance to Register

Last Call for May 12 Food Safety Workshop! Must Register by Monday May 9 at 3pm.


The minimum number of tickets has not yet been reached for this event. If we do not have enough pre-registered, the event will be cancelled. You must pre-register at or call Jennifer at 941-722-4524. If the class is cancelled and you have already paid, you will be issued a refund.


Date: Thursday May 12, 2011.

Time: 8:30am-4:30pm

Location: Manatee County Extension Service, Kendrick Auditorium

1303 17th St West Palmetto, FL 34221

Cost: $70.00 per person to cover lunch, materials, and travel expenses for guest speakers

Registration: or call Jennifer at 941-722-4524


A  certificate of training in food safety will be issued after completion of workshop.



Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs): Developing a Food Safety Program for Vegetable and Fruit Growers/Packers 

8:30 am - Check-in

9:00 am - Welcome, Introductions and Setting the Stage How Do I Know What I Need? Crystal Snodgrass, Manatee County Extension Service


9:30 am - Microbiology for Growers: Understanding Organisms of Concern, brief presentation of main organisms, how they grow, spread, etc., Keith Schneider, Food and Human Nutrition, Gainesville, FL

10:15 am - Break

10:45 am - An Overview of GAPs Issues, reviewing key farm, field, packing house and transportation practices, Keith Schneider, Food and Human Nutrition, Gainesville, FL

11:30 am - Worker Health and Hygiene, addressing the need for worker training, including common stumbling blocks, resources, etc., Michelle Danyluk, Citrus Research and Education Center, Lake Alfred, FL

12:15 pm - Lunch

1:15 pm - The Importance of Record Keeping, making record keeping a manageable part of the your food safety plan, Renee Goodrich Schneider, Food Science and Human Nutrition, Gainesville, FL

2:00 pm - Postharvest Handling and Sanitation, effectively communicating your food safety program and advocating for your farm, Steve Sargent, Horticultural Sciences, Gainesville, FL

2:30 pm - Break

2:45 pm  - Audit Perspectives: Lack of a Standardized Audit, preparing for an audit/inspection without losing your mind, Renee Goodrich Schneider, Food Science and Human Nutrition, Gainesville, FL


3:15 pm - GAPs Challenges: A Grower's Perspective, speaker TBA

3:45 pm - Educational Materials and Resources, discussing the resources that make things easier and more effective, Keith Schneider, Food and Human Nutrition, Gainesville, FL

4:15 pm - How Can UF/IFAS Extension Help You in the Next Step? Open Forum for Questions, Wrap-Up, Alicia Whidden, Hillsborough County Extension Service


4:30 pm - Adjourn






Crystal A. Snodgrass

University of Florida

Manatee County Extension Service

1303 17th Street West

Palmetto, FL  34221


FAX: 941-721-6608



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