Good Agricultural Practices

2021 FSMA Produce Safety Alliance Remote Grower Training Course

2021 FSMA Produce Safety Alliance Remote Grower Training Course : Register here: Date/Time of Event: Monday, March 8th, 2021: 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 9th, 2021, 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Contact Person Phone and Email: Indu Upadhyaya, 860-786-8191, Instructors Indu Upadhyaya, Ph.D., Food Safety Specialist, UConn Cooperative Extension Diane Hirsch, MPH, Food Safety […]

Food Safety on Farms

Fruits and vegetables add important nutrients, color, variety to our diet. Most of us enjoy them raw in salads, as a snack, or dessert. However, in the last few years there has been an increase in the number of foodborne illness outbreaks asso- ciated with fresh fruits and vegetables. Spinach, cantaloupe, tomatoes, cilantro, and green […]

Why Farmers Are Pleading: Leave Your Dogs Home

By Diane Wright Hirsch, MPH UConn Extension Educator – Food Safety Over the years I have worked with many fruit and vegetable farmers, as they have become the focus of new food safety regulations. Some of these farms sell their product through pick-your-own (PYO) operations, some at an on-farm stand; others have CSA (community supported […]

Creating a Food Safety Culture

A report by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) published in 2013 described the increasingly evident relationship between produce and foodborne illness: over a ten year period, from 1998 to 2008, produce was responsible for 46% of diagnosed foodborne illness where a source was determined. This often surprises consumers who normally consider meat and poultry […]