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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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