Free produce safety training offered for fruit, vegetable growers

  • Published: Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Missouri and Kansas produce growers can enroll in free workshops to meet training requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule. Both in-person and online workshops are scheduled for the next several months.

FSMA includes standards related to water quality, use of manure and compost, and worker health and hygiene, said Londa Nwadike, food safety specialist with University of Missouri Extension and Kansas State Research and Extension. The standards are intended to reduce the risk of contamination from E. coli, Listeria, Salmonella and other disease-causing microbes.

“Because some produce is not cooked before eating, it’s essential that anyone handling fresh fruit and vegetables along the grower-to-consumer chain use the best practices possible to ensure safety,” Nwadike said.

Farms subject to the FSMA Produce Safety Rule must have at least one supervisor who has successfully completed specific training requirements. Participants will receive a training certificate and a PSA Training Manual.

There will also be free workshops for supervisors who need to meet annual FSMA refresher training requirements. In addition, a two-hour online workshop on Sept. 9 will look at the requirements for USDA Good Agricultural Practices certification and how to create a food safety plan. Registration for that workshop is $5.

FSMA Produce Safety Grower Training (free)

In person

Online

GAP Food Safety Plan online workshop ($5)

Produce Safety Refresher/Annual Supervisor Training (free)

In person

Online

For more information and registration, visit www.ksre.k-state.edu/foodsafety/produce. For questions, contact Nwadike at 816-482-5850.

Workshops are organized by MU Extension and Kansas State University Extension and sponsored by the state agriculture departments of Missouri and Kansas, the Missouri Farmers Union and the Kansas Farmers Union.

MU Extension continues to provide Missouri produce growers free microbial water testing through local health departments. Visit bit.ly/3j13l1z for details. There is also cost-share funding for growers interested in GAP certification. Contact Nwadike for more information.

Writer: Curt Wohleber

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Londa Nwadike
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