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Top 5 -yesterday
- What is the status of tomato brown rugose fruit virus in Europe?
- “Our ToBRFV-resistant variety has been preferred by our producers in wide areas since 2020"
- 2022 Year Overview: 10 stories on greenhouse expansion
- New horticultural lighting technical requirements launched
- "Greek producers, who also purchase their plants from Spanish nurseries, have reported the same quality issue in strawberry plants as Spanish producers"
Top 5 -last week
Top 5 -last month
- Zambia: "We produce 5,000 units of lettuce per week, per tunnel, year-round"
- UK growers stop planting and put nurseries on sale amidst energy crisis and labor shortage
- "You can't grow on water without lights"
- "High-tech farmer AppHarvest is running out of money"
- German family company switches from tomato cultivation to hydroponic lettuce
US: VirginiaTech ahead of the curve on new food safety rules
Vargo and Extension have acted as boots-on-the-ground liaisons for more than 60 growers throughout Virginia and in North Carolina by providing critical workshops to ensure producers will be able to comply with FSMA legislation.
“One of the aspects of this legislation that has been a huge concern for growers is water testing. FSMA requires so many more water tests throughout the growing season,” Vargo said. “Extension has been an invaluable resource for training. They have been very inclusive and responsive to growers’ needs.”
While implementation of updated food safety rules could be tricky for producers and others in the food supply chain, the new FSMA rules have been on Virginia Cooperative Extension’s radar for a long time. Extension has already been training growers and listening to the challenges they could face when the new rules go into effect after a grace period over the next couple of years.
“As Extension, we see a wide variety of needs, said Amber Vallotton, the state fresh produce food safety coordinator. “We already collaborate on a lot of programs for growers that address the issues that fall under FSMA. All of the trainings have been to push the whole point of understanding risk and preventive measures.”
Laura Strawn, an assistant professor of food science and technology and produce safety specialist at the Eastern Shore Agricultural Research and Extension Center, heads up technical resources, education, and outreach for Virginia through the FSMA Southern Training Center, part of a network of USDA-funded regional centers charged with helping stakeholders comply with FSMA rules. The Southern Training Center, represented by academic and industry experts, uses a “train the trainer” model to train others about the new regulations and requirements. Ultimately, these new trainers teach the growers.
As a lead instructor in both the Produce Safety Alliance and the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance curricula, Strawn has partnered with several grower associations and commodity boards, including the Northern Neck Vegetable Growers Association and the Virginia Apple Board, as well as the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and nongovernmental organizations like the Local Food Hub to provide FSMA trainings.
“We are well-prepared for the FSMA rules affecting the produce industry here in Virginia,” Strawn said. “Over the past year alone, we have communicated with several hundred growers throughout Virginia to discuss standards and compliance dates with the FSMA rules.”
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- 2017-04-27 How a smart conveyor belt can improve food safety
- 2017-04-26 Postharvest technology course at Wageningen UR
- 2017-04-25 "Foliar calcium applications do not improve quality or shelf life of soft fruit"
- 2017-04-24 US: VirginiaTech ahead of the curve on new food safety rules
- 2017-04-21 US (FL): UF/IFAS gears up for Flavors of Florida
- 2017-04-20 US: Watch out for fraudulent organic certificates
- 2017-04-19 Using bleach in wash water and on food contact surfaces
- 2017-04-18 “We generate Active Atmosphere with ozone inside reefer containers”
- 2017-04-14 Increasing shelf life and negating chill damage of basil with LEDs
- 2017-04-13 US (GA): Handling, packaging, storage, and transport workshop
- 2017-04-12 Maerks finalizes Hamburg Süd takeover
- 2017-04-11 Avoid damage from excessive changes in temperature and humidity
- 2017-04-10 Engaging with customers at the farmers’ market
- 2017-04-07 AgroFresh announces agreements with Dow and Avenue Capital
- 2017-04-06 US: Retail-ready Tasti-Lee tomato packages create buzz on the West Coast
- 2017-04-05 Emirates introduces new SkyFresh perishables service
- 2017-04-04 US (NY): Produce Safety Alliance grower training course
- 2017-04-03 Post Harvest Technology highlighted in this month's Special
- 2016-04-29 US (IA): Greenhouse grows after gift of $25,000