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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

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    Keep Your Produce Safe

    Feb 18, 2019

    Click here to read the entire article to learn more about what greenhouse growers can do to lower the risk of contamination. This article was published in the February edition of Produce Grower, written by Lisa Lupo.

  2. Choosing the right food safety training class

    Choosing the Right Food Safety Training Class

    Feb 5, 2019

    What Food Safety Class is Best for You? 

    This article describes some of the food safety trainings available in Ohio by The Ohio State University Fruit and Vegetable Safety Team.

  3. Collaborating with CropKing Inc to identify food safety hazards associated with growing hydroponic leafy greens

    Meet Our Team Members: Dr. Sanja Ilic

    Dec 19, 2018

    Sanja Ilic,PhD-Assistant Professor and Food Safety State Specialist at OSU. Sanja has been a member of the OSU Fruit and Vegetable Safety Team since 2007. Sanja is located in Columbus, and her focus in her research and extension work is on fresh produce food safety.  Sanja works with a diverse group of produce growers including small and medium farmers, plain growers, hydroponic, urban, and minimal processors. Sanja feels that consumption of produce is of critical importance for human health.