Workshop will promote safe food

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JEFFERSON, Ohio — OSU Extension will hold a Good Agricultural Practices workshop in Ashtabula County May 28, from 9 a.m.-noon at the Ashtabula County Extension Office located at 39 Wall Street in Jefferson.

This Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) session will provide produce growers the basics of on-farm food safety. Producers will learn ways to reduce the risk of food-borne illness from fresh produce.

Among the workshops’ topics will be preharvest and postharvest water, biological soil amendments, worker training, worker hygiene, record keeping, traceability, good handling practices and standard operating procedures, and how to develop a farm food safety plan.

In addition, participants will hear the latest news on revisions that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is making to proposed regulations for produce growers under the Food Safety Modernization Act.

The FDA will likely publish its revisions in early summer. The registration fee is $20 per person. Reservations are due by May 21.

Due to space limitations, reservations are required. Return payment and registration form to OSU Extension, Ashtabula County, 39 Wall Street, Jefferson, OH 44047. Make checks payable to OSU Extension.

For more info., call 440-576-9008.

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