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The Ohio State University Fruit and Vegetable Safety Team

The OSU Fruit and Vegetable Safety Team educates growers of fresh produce about Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)-Fresh Produce Safety Rules. 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.

The OSU Fruit and Vegetable Safety Team was formed as a result of requests from producers for food safety education programs.  These initial programs demonstrated a need for outreach activities focused on fresh produce safety and led to an Excellence in Engagement Grant that enabled us to expand our educational programs statewide. Today our interdisciplinary team consists of OSU faculty, State Extension Specialists, Extension Educators, and Field Specialists.  Team members conduct research to improve best management practices, deliver food safety trainings and provide support for developing and implementing food safety plans. In 2015 and 2016 we trained 1257 fresh produce growers on GAPs and 92 growers on FSMA-Fresh Produce Rules.

News

  1. Marcus McCartney Headshot

    Marcus McCartney Joins the OSU Fruit and Vegetable Safety Team

    Aug 12, 2019

    Washington County ANR Extension Educator Marcus McCartney is the newest member of the OSU Fruit and Vegetable Safety Team. 

  2. USDA Harmonized GAP Handbook Now Available

    Jul 3, 2019

    Ensuring on-farm food safety is a priority for fruit and vegetable producers in the US.  More and more produce buyers are requiring growers to demonstrate that they are trained in on-farm food safety and implementing best growing and handling practices.

  3. Shot of a vineyard row with clear skies.

    Almond and Wine Grape Growers Catch Break on Food Safety

    Jun 24, 2019

    Click here to view the entire article on the Growing Produce website, written by David Eddy

    The FDA has issued final guidance stating the agency’s intent to exercise enforcement discretion for the requirements of the Produce Safety Rule, part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), as they apply to entities growing, harvesting, packing, and holding wine grapes, hops, pulses, and almonds. This means the agency does not intend to enforce requirements of the rule for farmers and producers of these commodities...