Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Food Safety workshop reminder

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

Location: Gulf Coast Research and Education Center

14625 CR 672 Wimauma, FL 33598
Thursday, December 8

8:30 am – 4:30 pm


Presented by: University of Florida Food Science and Human Nutrition Department, Manatee County Extension Service, and Hillsborough County Extension Service. 


This program is intended for fruit and vegetable growers/packers large and small. Information to be presented will include GAPs training, food safety updates, audit information, recordkeeping and resources.  A certificate of completion will be presented at the end of the class for pre-registered attendees.  This class will satisfy the annual training requirement for Florida tomato growers but will be useful to growers of all commodities. Detailed agenda to follow. 


Tentative Agenda


8:30 am                       Registration, Pre-Test


9:00 am                       Welcome, Introductions and Setting the Stage

How Do I Know What I Need?  Crystal Snodgrass, Manatee County Extension


9:30 am                       Microbiology for Growers and Packers: 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, packinghouse and transportation practices, Keith Schneider, Food Science 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 REC, Lake Alfred


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


1:45 pm                       Postharvest Handling and Sanitation, Best management practices after harvest, Keith Schneider, Food Science and Human Nutrition, Gainesville, FL


2:15 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


3:15 pm                       Food Safety Modernization Act Update, Keith Schneider, Food Science and Human Nutrition


3:45 pm                       Educational Materials and Resources, Discussing the resources that make things easier and more effective, 8:30 am                                   Registration, Pre-Test


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


4:30 pm                       Post-test, Certificates, Adjourn



**Please Note if the minimum number of tickets is not reached, the event will be cancelled and you will be issued a refund. 


Registration Fee: $60.00 includes lunch and class workbook.

Register online here: http://gaps12-7-11.eventbrite.com

For help with registration please contact Jennifer at jeglass@ufl.edu or 941-722-4524



Crystal Snodgrass, M.S.
Extension Agent I, Vegetables

Agriculture & Extension Service
Community Services Department
Manatee County Government
University of Florida IFAS Extension
941-722-4524, Ext. 230
Fax: 941-721-6796


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