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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


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

Lunchtime Q & A Session, Tuesday, June 9: Managing Field Crews during COVID-19: What Actions Should Apple Growers Take?

June 9, 2020

As New York "Reopens" business during the COVID-19 crisis, business owners are evaluating what actions they need to take to protect themselves, their employees, and their customers. Join a panel of experts for a Question and Answer lunchtime session on June 9th, 2020 at noon that will address common questions that apple growers and other producers have about managing their field crew.

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Announcements

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

CCE prioritizes the health, safety and well-being of the communities we serve. Given the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, and due to an abundance of caution certain events will be cancelled. Please check back through out the week for any additional event cancellations.


9 Jun - Q & A Session: Managing Field Crews during COVID-19: What Actions Should Apple Growers Take? Tuesday, June 9, 12-1 PM - Register for this Zoom Webinar Now


Spring Meetings Recordings & Slides Available

Meeting pdf & recorded webinar resources including the "10-13mm Thinning Spray Recommends" are now available at https://lof.cce.cornell.edu/submission.php?id=707&crumb=crops|crops|apples|crop*38.

Bloom Pesticides for Pollinator Health

A reference table created by Janet van Zoeren and Anna Wallis, is now available at https://lof.cce.cornell.edu/submission.php?id=711&crumb=pests|pests.

Weekly Webinars

Weekly webinar and/or virtual office hours, due to changing webinar links blogs are linked below for most accurate times and additional webinars please check the following links a few days before the suggested weekly days described below so you don't miss anything.

Weekly Berry Office Hours held on Thursdays at 12:30pm via Zoom or on your phone. Format will be a short, in-depth presentation about a production issue and then Q&A. Join each week, or view recordings that will be posted. 

Morning Brew: Tree Fruit Pest Management Conversations via Zoom held on Mondays at 6am - 7am. Hudson Valley Research Laboratory entomologist, Peter Jentsch, friends and guests invite you to join in discussions on Tree Fruit Pest Management through the season. Important…The meeting link may change every week as needed. Link on the most updated weekly email blog invitation.

Food Industry Office Hours to Answer COVID-19 Questions via Zoom held on Thursdays at 4pm - The Extension Team within the Department of Food Science at Cornell University (Ithaca, NY) and Cornell AgriTech (Geneva, NY) are hosting a weekly Q&A and facilitated discussions during their online Food Industry Virtual Office Hours.  You may submit questions when you register, email them in advance to foodsafety@cornell.edu, or ask them live during the session.

Cornell Hard Cider PWT Virtual Office Hours: Cider Apple Production via Zoom Thursdays from 4-5pm - Please join Cornell's Hard Cider Program Work Team for a question and answer session on any topic related to hard cider production that you want to discuss.


COVID-19 Update from LOF Team & Link to Resources

IMPORTANT NOTE FROM OUR TEAM:
Cornell Cooperative Extension's Lake Ontario Fruit Program prioritizes the health, safety, and well-being of our staff, constituents, and community members. Given the uncertainty surrounding the rapidly-changing COVID-19 situation, many of our upcoming events have been cancelled or postponed through May.  This includes on-site farm visits and consultations. Our specialists are working from home and will still be available to help you via phone, zoom or email and we will resume our regular programming as soon as we can. Check announcements and Upcoming Events for updated information and upcoming virtual events.  We look forward to helping you manage your farm business during this time and hope that you and your family stay safe and healthy!  

COVID-19 Resources provides links to all COVID-19 information.



H-2A Related Updates

Visas and Travel from Major H-2A Source Countries Jamaica has stopped processing visas until April. One embassy employee tested positive for COVID-19 and is now Read more…
by Richard Stup on March 18, 2020 

Arriving H-2A Workers: Reconciling Isolation and Essential Status
Much confusion exists about the availability for work of H-2A workers who are newly arriving from a foreign country. This post will attempt to clarify Read more…


"How to" Zoom: YouTube Video Link Available

To ensure the health and safety of everyone we are practicing social distancing.  Specialists are still available for consult via phone calls, emails, and Zoom meetings. Zoom  allows for a face to face meeting via a computer/smartphone and includes the option for screen sharing.  For anyone new to this technology Cornell has created a basic YouTube video on How to use Zoom.  

Pollinator Resouces

Now available Pollinator Resource Links


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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