Southern University Ag Center Holds Produce Safety Alliance Workshop

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BATON ROUGE – Twenty-five participates from 15 states received certificates of completion during the Southern University Ag Center’s Produce Safety Alliance Train-the-Trainer Certification Workshop.

The two-day workshop, which was held September 11 and 12 at the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry in Baton Rouge, provided produce safety trainers with the certification needed to conduct trainings for farmers who are governed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Produce Safety Rule.

This rule sets standards for growing, harvesting, packing and storing fruits and vegetables to prevent foodborne illness. It addresses water quality, composting, farm personnel health and hygiene and equipment sanitation among other issues.

Kristin Woods, Produce Safety Alliance Southeast Regional Extension Associate in Alabama; Donna Pahl Clements, Produce Safety Alliance Extension Associate for the Midwest Regional of Riverside, CA; and Dr. Alejandro Castillo, Associate Professor in the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University served as presenters for the workshop.

Dr. Fatemeh Malekian, Professor of Food Science and Nutrition at the SU Ag Center, is the project director of Center’s Produce Safety Alliance Grower’s Certification Program.