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September 9, 2010

Outbreaks of food-borne illness related to contamination of fresh produce by human pathogens continue to occur. Federal legislation has been proposed that will result in new rules and regulation for farmers in North Carolina and nationally. This symposium is targeted to growers, industry, academics, policy-makers, regulators, and extension agents with the primary focus on the professional recommendations for Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and Good Handling Practices (GHP) for fresh produce safety and protection of public health. Speakers presented on fresh produce food safety initiatives and research in their states, adding both regional and national perspectives.

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Dr. Larry Beuchat, Distinguished Research Professor, University of Georgia
Dr. Rob Williams, Associate Professor/Department Extension Leader, Virginia Tech
Kenneth Petersen, Audit Programs Coordinator, Fresh Produce Branch, USDA
Dr. Angie Fraser
, Associate Professor/Food Safety Education Specialist, Clemson University
Dr. Kathryn Boys, Assistant Professor, Clemson University
Dr. Michelle Danyluk, Assistant Professor, University of Florida
Beth Bland Oleson, Director of Education and Food Safety, Georgia Fruit and Vegetables Growers Association

NC Fresh Produce Safety Task Force Presenters

Dr. Keith Baldwin, Horticulture Extension Specialist, NC A&T State University
Dr. Benjamin Chapman, Assistant Professor/Extension Food Safety Specialist, NCSU
Diane Ducharme, Extension Associate, GAPs Program Coordinator, NC Market Ready
Dr. Chris Gunter, Assistant Professor/Extension Specialist, NCSU
Dr. Trevor Phister, Assistant Professor, NCSU

Presented by: NC Fresh Produce Safety Task Force
Funding from: NC A&T State University
NC State University

ExtensionFresh Produce Task Force