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Mock Farm Food Safety Audit Workshops Planned for This Fall, Across Pennsylvania

Posted: September 29, 2014

Penn State Extension and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) are hosting a series of Mock Farm Food Safety Audits and Food Safety Trainings in October, November, and December on farms in Adams, Allegheny, Wyoming, Lehigh, Berks, Northampton, and Montgomery counties. These events, held on working farms, are designed to help small-scale produce farmers gain a better understanding of what to expect from a third party Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) audit.

Come for a walk-through tour with a PDA inspector to review the types of things an auditor looks for. The tour will examine several areas: documentation, water sources, employee policies, behaviors and conditions that increase contamination risks, use and storage of chemicals, and harvest operations. Learn from one another as we explore ways to improve food production and safety at the farm level. Participants will be provided with copies of the ‘Harmonized GAP, and Standard Gap Audit Checklist,’ Guides, ‘Cost-Share Reimbursement Factsheet,’ and ‘How to Sign Up for an Audit Contacts.’ A question and answer session follows.

Dates and times vary by location. Please visit http://extension.psu.edu/food-safety/ for more information about specific workshops.

No registration or fee is required. For more information, please contact:  Tianna DuPont 610-746-1970 -- http://extension.psu.edu/food-safety/farm or http://extension.psu.edu/vegetable-fruit