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Food safety webinars for produce sellers

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A series of workshops by Purdue Extension will focus on food safety practices for fruit and vegetable farms who sell wholesale produce.

A webinar series, “Good Agricultural Practices from A to Z,” will be 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays July 10, 17 and 24 at the Johnson County Fairgrounds Education Room, 484 N. Morton St. Franklin.

The workshop series will include sessions on health and hygiene, water quality and treatment, animals and animal products, sanitation on the farm, documentation and record-keeping and farm food safety plans. The workshop will present science-based information on how to reduce risk of contamination during production.

Recent regulatory changes by the Indiana State Health Department now require an additional level of accountability for farmers who sell their produce to restaurants, brokers, wholesalers, food hubs and some auctions.

Farmers might be required to register with the state as a

wholesale fruit and vegetable wholesaler and show proof of knowledge of food safety/good agricultural practices. Attending the webinar will meet the requirement of the new regulations.

Registration is due today and costs $30 per person and $10 for each additional person from the same farm. Participation at a hosted site is required at all three sessions to receive a certificate of attendance. Those who would like to join from another location with high-speed Internet connection can do so at no charge.

Information: Sarah Speedy at sspeedy@purdue.edu or 736-3724.

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