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Food Safety

The Fresh Produce Industry has increasing pressure to prove measures have been taken to minimize risks of microbial contamination.



FOOD SAFETY CATEGORIES


Relevant Event

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course - Newark

Event Offers DEC Credits

March 19, 2020
Newark, NY

Organizations Offering Respirator Fit Testing

Last Modified: March 8, 2018

Partial list of organizations offering respirator fit testing compiled by the New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health (NYCAMH)
When inquiring, ask these organizations about their fee structure, whether or not they will come to you, and if they can test the brand and model of your mask(s). Note that this list is evolving and may change over time.

Listeria - Why is it Not Going Away? - Part II

Craig Kahlke, Team Leader, Fruit Quality Management
Lake Ontario Fruit Program

Last Modified: June 19, 2017

Follow up to Part I article. The original part II article appeared in Issue 3 of the Fruit Notes newsletter, March 22, 2017.

Listeria - Why is it Not Going Away? - Part I

Craig Kahlke, Team Leader, Fruit Quality Management
Lake Ontario Fruit Program

Last Modified: February 15, 2017

This is Part I of an important article on Listeria monocytogenes contamination on fresh produce. Included are descriptions of the deadly Jensen Farms outbreak on cantaloupe from Colorado in 2011 along with the Bidart Brothers (California) outbreak on fresh and caramelized apples in 2014 that also hospitalized and killed several people.

Some of the biology and the persistence of this deadly pathogen is discussed, as well as detection methods and possible places that can harbor Listeria and allow it to grow. How to reduce risk of Listeria contamination in the packinghouse is introduced.


Part II of the article is in the Second Issue of the Fruit Notes, Volume 17, Issue 2.

Microbial Water Quality Profile Calculator for Surface Water (FSMA requirments)

Craig Kahlke, Team Leader, Fruit Quality Management
Lake Ontario Fruit Program

Last Modified: May 17, 2016

One of the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act is water testing for surface and ground water.  Those growers using surface or ground water in production (pre-harvest) for crop protectant sprays or irrigation need to develop a Microbial Water Quality Profile (MWQP).  This requires 20 water tests per surface source in the 2-4 years PRIOR to compliance dates.  Large business (>$500K annual fresh produce sales over 3 years) need to be in compliance for the water requirement by January of 2020. The tests need to be quantified generic E.coli. The easiest way to develop your MWQP is to perform 5 tests each growing season from 2016-2019.  Alternatively, you could do 6-7 tests per year from 2017-2019, or 10 tests/yr in 2018 and 2019.  See the Excel spreadsheet below for the Western Center for Produce Safety at UC Davis's MWQP die-off calculator.  Instructions are in the firs tab.

 

Food Safety Resources

Craig Kahlke, Team Leader, Fruit Quality Management
Lake Ontario Fruit Program

Last Modified: April 17, 2015

The Produce Safety Alliance is your Link to stay updated on Food Safety as it applies to growers and packers. This includes updates of future requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). 

Click here:  The Produce Safety Alliance is your Link to stay updated on Food Safety as it applies to growers and packers. This includes updates of future requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

Click here: producesafetyalliance.cornell.edu/

Presentations - 2015 Winter Tree Fruit Schools

Last Modified: February 16, 2015

Presentations given at the 2015 Commercial Tree Fruit Schools in Lake George (LG) and Kingston in the Hudson Valley (HV) are available by clicking on the following links.  


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Upcoming Events

Supervising Farm Employees: Farm Labor Management Master Class in Western NY

March 16 - March 17, 2020
Albion, NY

2-day, hands-on workshop to explore best practices in supervising farm employees at CCE Orleans County in Albion, NY

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DEC Certified Pesticide Applicator License Pre-Exam Training

March 18, 2020 : DEC Certified Applicator Pre-Exam Training Day 1
Albion, NY

This training is only for those with experience and does not qualify for the 30-hour official DEC training - you are exempt from the 30 hour training (and eligible for this coaching session) if you have pesticide application experience, either through working on your own farm or through employment on another farm.

March 20, 2020 : DEC Certified Applicator Pre-Exam Training Day 2 - included in Day 1 registration
Albion, NY

This training is only for those with experience and does not qualify for the 30-hour official DEC training - you are exempt from the 30 hour training (and eligible for this coaching session) if you have pesticide application experience, either through working on your own farm or through employment on another farm.

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Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course - Newark

Event Offers DEC Credits

March 19, 2020
Newark, NY

Who Should Attend Fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety. The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in § 112.22(c) that requires ‘At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.'8am registration/refreshments, program begins promptly at 8:30am, lunch is provided, meeting adjourns at 5:30pm. Note the reduced registration thanks to grant funds from the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets and the Niagara County Farm to School Program!

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Announcements

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2020 Events - for details and registration info click on the event title of interest:

25-26 Feb - Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program's Fruit & Vegetable Conference - Desmond Hotel & Conference Center, Albany - all day both days

16 & 17 Mar - Supervising Farm Employees: Farm Labor Management Master Class in Western NY (2 day workshop) 10:00AM-4:00PM 

17 Mar - "Wash Pack School" Cleaning, Sanitation, and Hygienic Design Workshop - Orleans County CCE, 12690 NY 31, Albion, NY 14411 - all day event, check back later for more details

18 & 20 Mar - DEC Pesticide Applicator Pre-exam Coaching - Orleans County CCE, 12690 Rt 31, Albion - 8:30am-12:30pm - check back for more details

19 Mar - Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Courses - CCE Wayne - 8am Registration; Program begins promptly at 8:30am - 5:30pm, lunch included

24 Mar - DEC Pesticide Applicators Exam - Orleans County CCE, 12690 Rt 31, Albion - starting at 8:30am - check back for more details

24-26 Mar - Northeastern Cider Conference - Hilton Albany, 40 Lodge Street, Albany, NY, 12207, 2 full days, followed by a half day



Pollinator Resouces

Now available Pollinator Resource Links


Mario Miranda Sazo Recieves Award at IFTA Meeting

Check out the following article & photos that cover highlights of the annual IFTA meeting such as Mario Miranda Sazo receiving the Outstanding Extension Educator award.

Robots, Rootstocks and Revenue on the Front Burner for Fruit Growers


SmartMarketing article "How 'bout Them Apples?"

For full article follow this link https://dyson.cornell.edu/outreach/documents/smart-marketing-2018-09-2.pdf

Article: "Supplemental Coverage Option for Apples"

Supplemental Coverage Option for Apples - Should you add this endorsement to your apple crop insurance policy?

Elizabeth Higgins, Ag Business Management Specialist, ENYCH


For the full article click the link below.

https://lof.cce.cornell.edu/submission.php?id=604




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