Working with farmers' markets and small farms to ensure food safety >> Read more
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Developing new good agricultural practices curriculum
Updating you on the latest produce safety research
Providing informative outreach to the community
The OSU Fruit and Vegetable Safety Team educates growers of fresh produce about Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs).  We strive to ensure a strong scientific basis behind the best practices taught and recommended by our team, provide helpful tools and resources to develop risk assessments and food safety plans for the farm, and promote high-quality, safe produce from Ohio growers.

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The Ohio State University Fruit and Vegetable Safety Team developed as a result of requests from producers for food safety education programs.  These initial programs demonstrated a need and led to an Excellence in Engagement Grant that enabled us to expand our educational program statewide and develop the team we are today.  Request a program by emailing Lindsey Hoover at hoover.482@osu.edu.

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Not sure what an OSU good agricultural practices (GAPs) class is all about? Rural Action and OSU Extension created a short video to give growers an idea of the topics covered during a GAPs session. The clip is also a great refresher for growers and other produce industry stakeholders who have...
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    (Originally posted 8/30/13 at http://go.osu.edu/rule)  WOOSTER, Ohio -- Produce farmers have an extended period to comment on changes that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will require in its proposed food safety rule, and an Ohio State University food...
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Fruit and vegetable safety is a growing concern. Using proactive methods to reduce the risk of foodborne illness is the takeaway message of this article, recently published in The New York Times.