Tag Archive: Safety

GAPs Food Safety Training January 30th

Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) Training: Food Safety and the USDA Audit January 30, 2014, 9:00am-2:00pm CST Washington County Ag Center Fresh produce farmers can learn how to develop a Food Safety Record Book to help pass a USDA Farm Audit so they can sell to WalMart and other retailers which require Food Safety Certification.  Attendees …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/01/25/gaps-food-safety-training-january-30th/

Comment Deadline November 15 for Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)

Local vegetables offered for sale. Image Credit Matthew Orwat The comment period for proposed FDA food safety regulations as mandated by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is rapidly closing. November 15 is the deadline. Panhandle fruit and vegetable growers and processors both large and small need to be aware of and comment on any proposed changes. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/11/09/comment-deadline-november-15-for-food-safety-modernization-act-fsma-2/

Comment Deadline November 15 for Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)

Local vegetables offered for sale. Image Credit Matthew Orwat The comment period for proposed FDA food safety regulations as mandated by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is rapidly closing. November 15 is the deadline. Panhandle fruit and vegetable growers and processors both large and small need to be aware of and comment on any proposed changes. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/11/09/comment-deadline-november-15-for-food-safety-modernization-act-fsma/

Easter Egg Safety

Dye one set of eggs for hiding and another set for eating. If an Easter egg hunt is on your calendar for the holiday weekend, follow these tips for safe, quality hard cooked eggs.  Dr. Amy Simonne, University of Florida/IFAS Food Safety Specialist, recommends choosing Grade A or AA eggs with clean, uncracked shells.  Store …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/03/25/easter-egg-safety-2/

Food Safety for Your Farm

The release of the new Food Safety Modernization Act proposed guidelines in January 2013(http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodSafety/FSMA/ucm334120.htm )has many producers wondering, “How do I make my farm food safety compliant?”. While specific handling protocols are still coming from researchers at various University’s across the country, planning the transition for food safety compliance is relatively simple. The following three …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/03/06/food-safety-for-your-farm/

Make Home Safety a Year-Round Priority

What you don’t know can hurt you.  “I didn’t know.”  In these words lies the story of countless deaths and injuries in countless homes. About one-half of the accidental deaths of children occur in the home— from falls, suffocation/choking, scalding, poisoning, and burning.  Elderly persons, likewise, are subject to greater dangers because of infirmities and impaired …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2012/10/24/make-home-safety-a-year-round-priority/

Food Safety for the Backyard Gardener

Food safety is a hot topic these days!  Headlines are grabbing our attention concerning food borne illness, contamination, and widespread disease outbreaks at restaurants, grocery stores, and even farmers markets.  Proper food safety practices are important for all food handlers and growers, including the backyard gardener.  I recently returned from teaching at the UF/IFAS display …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2012/10/19/food-safety-for-the-backyard-gardener/

Easter Egg Safety

Dye one set of eggs for hiding and another set for eating to reduce foodborne illness risk Easter Egg coloring can be a lot of fun for the whole family, but it is important to remember to practice food safety. “Based on USDA’s statistics, the average consumer would encounter a contaminated egg only once in …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2012/04/12/easter-egg-safety/