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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. Beth Scheckelhoff showing two students a chicken

    Meet Our Team Members: Beth Sheckelhoff

    Sep 21, 2019

    This month's Team Member Spotlight is on Beth Scheckelhoff, Ph.D. Beth has been a part of The Ohio State University as an Extension Educator for 14 years and has been a member of the produce safety team since 2015.

    Beth teaches produce safety topics to greenhouse and field vegetable producers as well as urban gardeners and community groups in NW Ohio. Teaching topics range from good agricultural practices, implementing the FSMA Produce Safety Rule, developing Farm Food Safety Plans, and conducting mock walk-throughs for GAPs certification. 

  2. Amy Stone Joins the OSU Fruit and Vegetable Safety Team

    Sep 17, 2019

    Lucas County ANR Extension Educator Amy Stone is the newest member of the OSU Fruit and Vegetable Safety Team. 

  3. Farmer's hands

    Stress task force created for Ohio farmers in crisis

    Aug 21, 2019

    "When rain this past spring kept farmers from planting, among the comments that circulated on Facebook was one offering a phone number for a suicide hotline.  

    Now, perhaps more than ever, farmers might need help with how to keep their businesses afloat, how to find jobs off the farm, how to find clinicians to help deal with mounting frustration or despair that might come with running a business farming the land.