North Carolina launches pilot cantaloupe food safety program

03/06/2013 03:03:00 PM
Vicky Boyd

cantaloupe packinghouseCourtesy North Carolina State UniversityA two-pronged pilot program that focuses on food safety in cantaloupes is being launched in North Carolina.

The program, consisting of a classroom seminar and a voluntary assessment on the farm, is being led by North Carolina Cooperative Extension and the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, according to a news release.

Free seminars will be held April 10 at the Cunningham/Lower Coastal Plain Research Station in Kingston and April 23 at the Davidson County Center in Lexington. Both will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The programs will cover a variety of food safety topics specific to cantaloupe producers including sanitation, water, equipment, and environmental sampling and validation. They also will cover recovery and restoration strategies after a foodborne illness outbreak.

The on-farm portion is voluntary and involves an assessment of the operation to identify potential food safety issues.

Registration is required by April 3.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided by the North Carolina Farm Bureau and Carolina Farm Stewardship Association.

For more information, contact Kristen Baughman at (919) 733-7366 or kristen.baughman@ncagr.gov.



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