Good agricultural practices can prevent fruit contamination

LEWISTOWN – Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) are ways that produce growers can prevent on-farm contamination of fruits and vegetables. GAPs are a new way of thinking about food safety.

GAPs are about taking all possible measures to prevent contamination as fresh produce moves through production and distribution systems. Every grower should take time to learn about potential food safety hazards that can occur on the farm or orchard and take preventative steps to prevent contamination with harmful microbes.

GAPs are also about protecting your business. They not only prevent the public from illness, but they also protect your farm business from the economic consequences of food contamination.

Growers who sell wholesale may be asked by their buyers to provided evidence of GAP training. This workshop helps prepare fresh produce growers to implement and document GAPs on their farms.

On June 6, a GAP workshop will be held in Room 3 of Penn State Lewistown Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will provide lunch and morning refreshments.

Pre-registration only. $40/registrant.

It is a one-day workshop that provides science-based, practical guidelines and materials participants can use to evaluate and document their farm food safety practices.

Topics covered in this daylong workshop include:

Produce Food Safety – Introduction

Irrigation and Wash Water

Risks from Animals and Manure

Harvester and Handler Health and Hygiene

Harvest and Post-Harvest

Traceability and Recall Programs

For more information, or to register call 717-436-7744.