Understanding the Importance of Farm Food Safety Regardless of Farm Size
Join us on April 13 to learn about food safety as it relates to farms of all sizes. With the implementation of FDA's Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), farms are under more accountability to manage the safety of their produce against contamination. If your farm sells fresh produce, you'll want to understand food safety.
This class will cover some of the ways produce can become contaminated and how to take steps to prevent contamination. Attendees will learn why it's important to develop food safety plans now, even if your farm is still small enough to be exempt from FSMA coverage. If you're wanting to learn more about how food safety and FSMA may apply to your farm, check out this class.
IMPORTANT: Registration for the class is free but you must sign up on Eventbrite to reserve a spot (click ticket below). Lunch will be provided for a recommended donation of $5, or you may bring your own lunch.
About the presenters
Dr. Amanda Philyaw Perez is an Assistant Professor and the state Food Systems and Produce Safety specialist with the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service. Her areas of responsibility include overseeing the roll out of the state outreach and education program for the new FDA Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule. She is hosting workshops around the state to train Arkansas farmers on Good Agricultural Practices and Produce Safety. She also works on state and national efforts to support local food system development. She holds a master and a doctorate in Public Health with a focus in Local and Community Food Systems Development. Perez believes that communities need local solutions to address issues related to agriculture, food, water, health, prosperity and community development. She has a passion for helping farmers remain viable and communities recognize the value of local solutions.
Michelle Shope joined the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance and the fight against hunger in August 2005, as the Director of Food Sourcing & Logistics, where she uses her experience in the food service industry to acquire more food for the network and streamline the statewide distribution of products. Having been with the Alliance since its inception, Michelle has helped create and manages numerous programs that have brought in more than 40 million pounds of food and helps their members serve Arkansans in need. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Raising Arkansas, Inc. and Shepherd’s Hope Neighborhood Medical Clinic. Michelle began her career in food service doing inventory control for a small food service distributor in Hot Springs in the 1980’s. Prior to joining the Alliance, she was the Warehouse & Purchasing Manager for Magic Springs and Crystal Falls, Commissary Manager for Oaklawn Park, and contract manager and buyer for Quality Foods/PFG.
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