|Dr. Malekian discusses the Produce Safety Rules|
|Course teachers and farmers pose for group photo|
Baton Rouge, La (September 25, 2017) – Today, 12 farmers who grow and sell vegetables and fruits attended a produce safety training hosted by the SU Land-Grant Campus. The farmers learned about the Produce Safety Rules and exemptions as delineated by the Food Safety Modernization Act. They also learned about worker health, hygiene, and training; soil amendments; wildlife, domesticated animals, and land use; agricultural water; post-harvest handling and sanitation; and how to develop a farm food safety plan.
The purpose of the training is to make our food safer by preventing problems that result in foodborne illness, rather than dealing with problems after they happen. The project is funded by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The course was taught by Fatemeh Malekian, PhD, Produce Safety Project Director; Audrey Carrier, La. Dept. of Agriculture & Forestry; Mila Berhane, Senior Research Associate; Burnell Muse, extension specialist, St. Helena Parish; Kranti Yemmireddy, LSU AgCenter; Allison Dumas, La Dept. of Agriculture & Forestry. The session was coordinated by Emily King, Produce Safety Program Coordinator.
For more information, please contact Emily King, at 225-771-2367 or Dr. Malekian at 225-771-0251.