Angela Laury Shaw
Food Science and Human Nutrition

515-294-0868
angelaml@iastate.edu

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Food safety specialists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach are offering six online sessions to answer food safety questions from educators, consumers and others who want to keep food safe this summer.

A three-day Basic Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points training designed for people in the food industry who want to understand and be trained in the HACCP system for manufacturing safe food will be offered April 17-19 on the Iowa State University campus.

Communities, local food networks and county extension offices have the opportunity to schedule spring 2014 Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Good Agricultural Practices workshops for local growers.

Iowans should feel free to eat fresh produce and enjoy summer’s bounty, but also take care to handle these foods safely, according to Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

The On-Farm Food Safety team with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach frequently references two extension publications when responding to fruit and vegetable growers' concerns about the safety of using produce harvested from gardens and fields that have been flooded.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will hold GAP workshops this fall for farmers who sell directly to consumers and those considering sales to retail foodservices. Workshops will be held in Council Bluffs, Des Moines, Dubuque and Iowa City.

Communities, local food networks and county extension offices have the opportunity to schedule Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) workshops for local growers.

The Food Safety Modernization Act signed into law in January 2011 addressed improvements needed to the U.S. food supply. One proposed section to the law addresses the safety of fresh produce by defining new produce standards for foods often consumed in raw form.

A postharvest handling and food safety workshop for fruit and vegetable growers is planned by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.  The workshop will be March 8 from 8:30 a.m. to noon in the Memorial Union Oak Room on the Iowa State campus and broadcast to 12 host locations in Iowa.

All facilities that manufacture, process, pack or hold food (human and animal) within the United States are required to register with the Food and Drug Administration in accordance with the Food Safety Modernization Act. ISU Extension and Outreach has a registration tutorial and a checklist for assessing food safety preparedness available online.