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Food Safety Begins in the Field

16 June 2011

U.S - Commercial kitchens are required to meet certain health standards to help protect consumers from food related illnesses, but what about preventing potential health risks before it even reaches the marketplace?

That's the focus of a USDA training program Good Agricultural Practices. A GAP workshop on food safety will be offered on 20 July from 9 o clock in Westchester, IL., hosted by the University of Illinois Extension.

Horticulture educator Nancy Pollard explained "The workshop presents strategies for controlling potential contamination before planting and throughout all phases of planting, production, harvesting and postharvest handling."

Ms Pollard said the workshop will be useful to fruit and vegetable growers, farmers market vendors, and for non-profit organisations that grow food.

The workshop will cost $30 per person, which includes a GAP resource notebook and lunch. It will be held at the University of Illinois. For more information please phone 708-679-6889

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