Food Safety Meetings Scheduled

BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) will hold four outreach meetings around the state to update produce industry stakeholders on the implementation of the new Produce Safety Rule from the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). 

The Produce Safety Rule establishes science-based minimum standards for the safe growing, harvesting, packing and holding of fruits and vegetables grown for human consumption. 

“It is important to keep our stakeholders informed about the new rule and how it impacts the produce industry in Louisiana,” said LDAF Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M. “The new rule promotes compliance with the requirements of the Produce Safety Rule.” 

Representatives from LDAF, LSU AgCenter, Southern University AgCenter and the Food & Drug Administration will be in attendance at these meetings to answer questions. 

The informational meetings scheduled are as follows:   

September 26, 2018

10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. – Rapides Parish Cooperative Extension Office 
300 Grady Britt drive

Alexandria, La. 71302

 

September 27, 2018

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – LSU AgCenter Rice Research Station

1373 Caffey Road

Rayne, La. 70578 

September 28, 2018

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station

21549 Old Covington Highway

Hammond, La. 70403

 

October 2, 2018

2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Courtyard by Marriott

1309 Maxwell Boulevard

Ruston, La. 71270

 

Louisiana was awarded $3.625 million by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to implement the rule. 

The cooperative agreement between the FDA and the states provides awardees with the resources to formulate a multi-year plan to implement a produce safety system, develop and provide education, outreach and technical assistance, and develop programs to address specific needs of the growers in their farming communities. 

Issues that will be addressed include water quality, applications of raw manure and how to minimize risk of contamination, health and hygiene training for farm personnel who handle fresh produce and sanitation of equipment, tools and buildings. 

States and territories were eligible based on the estimated number of farms growing produce within their jurisdictions. 

Registration for the meetings is free but seating is limited. Please contact Rebecca Womack at rwomack@ldaf.state.la.us or (225) 935-2159 to register for a meeting.