Farm Food Safety
Assistance for agricultural producers to tackle new food safety challenges using Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) including writing a farm food safety plan.
Farm Food Safety News
Research minimizes effects of federal produce standards on mushroom industry
September 23, 2013UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Strict requirements on the use of animal manures in fresh produce production imposed by the new federal food-safety law threatened to adversely impact the mushroom industry, which relies on horse and poultry manure for a specialized growth substrate.
Local Farmers Worry About New Food Safety Guidelines
August 1, 2013According to the Center for Disease Control, contaminated foods cause about 3-thousand deaths a year in the United States. In response to large-scale and highly-publicized contaminations in recent years to foods like spinach and peanut butter, the government has created the Food Safety Modernization Act.
Factors affecting growers' on-farm food safety practices: Evaluation findings from Penn State Extension programming
July 3, 2013An analysis of evaluation results from 2012 GAP training in Pennsylvania to be published in the Journal of Food Control. 31(1):73-80.
Recorded webinar on FDA Produce Safety Standards Now Available
June 3, 2013The Penn State farm food safety webinar, "Update on the New FDA Produce Safety Standards: Issues of Importance for Pennsylvania Produce Growers", was presented on May 31, 2013 and now is available for viewing.
April 23, 2013Proposed new Food and Drug Administration regulations developed under the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act, or FSMA, will affect how Pennsylvania farmers, processors and retailers operate. But the devil is in the still-to-be-finalized details, and implementing the most sweeping changes to the nation's food-safety laws in more than 70 years will require collaboration, communication and education.
Courses and Workshops
Mock Farm Food Safety Audit in Montgomery County
When: December 4, 2014Where: Harleysville, PA
Farm Executive Workshop: Building Management & Leadership Excellence
When: January 13-14, 2015Where: State College, PA
Mock Farm Food Safety Audit Training in Berks County
When: November 12, 2014Where: Bally, PA
Mock Farm Food Safety Audit Training in Lehigh County
When: November 5, 2014Where: Emmaus, PA
Farm Food Safety Training in Northampton County
When: December 18, 2014Where: Hellertown, PA