UF/IFAS Food Safety Workshop: “Building Your Own Farm’s Food Safety Manual”

Most intermediate or large chain store buyers now require some level of food safety program from each farm before they buy. The hands-on workshop “Building your own farm’s food safety manual” is intended for farmers beginning the process of developing a food safety plan.This event does not fulfill in the new FDA FSMA requirement for one-time training.

If you plan to develop a Food Safety Program for your fruit and/or vegetable farming operations, field or greenhouse, this one day workshop is for you! This would be the last class opportunity in the north-central Florida area.

The University of Florida/IFAS Cooperative Extension Service is offering a one day workshop to help growers actually develop their own food safety manuals. When you complete this one day workshop, you will have built the main parts of your own food safety manual and will understand what is needed to complete your plan.

Class Format

The classes will be done on a computer (one laptop provide per farm upon request if needed and will be limited to 20 farms), using a web-based food safety manual development program. Those farmers needing assistance on the computer can bring a computer-savvy helper.

Class Location & Registration

The workshop will all be held at the UF/IFAS Straughn Center (2142 Shealy Dr., Gainesville, FL 32608).  The registration fee is $38 for the first person representing a farm and $17 for an additional attendee from that farm.  Registration fee includes refreshments and lunch for the day. Please register in advance through Eventbrite at http://bit.ly/2w6NSpE. This training and educational materials are supported with funding from a Specialty Crops Block Grant through the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Contact the UF/IFAS Extension in Alachua County for more information – 3529552402.

 

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