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Food Safety Training for Growers Seeking GAP Certification
Kansas Ag Connection - 01/02/2018

Kansas State University will host a pair of full-day food safety workshops for growers who sell fruit and vegetables and are interested in attaining USDA certification for their production practices. Growers have their choice to attend a workshop on Jan. 18 or Feb. 16 at the K-State Olathe campus, 22201 W. Innovation Dr., in Olathe.

The training is designed to aid farmers who are working toward getting U.S. Department of Agriculture Harmonized Good Agricultural Practices, or GAP, certification.

The workshops will be conducted by K-State Research and Extension Associate Cal Jamerson, who has extensive experience in the GAP certification process. He will provide examples of plans that have been used to achieve certification and help attendees build their own audit-ready food safety plans.

"For produce growers whose buyers are telling them they need to become GAP certified, this training will be very useful," said Londa Nwadike, food safety specialist with K-State Research and Extension and University of Missouri Extension. The Kansas Department of Agriculture supports K-State Research and Extension produce safety efforts.[JH1]

More information on GAP certification and online registration for these workshops and other produce safety workshops, including on the Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule is available at www.ksre.k-state.edu/foodsafety/produce/index.html or by contacting Cal Jamerson at agri@ksu.edu or 913-307-7391.

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