Food Safety Workshop for Hispanic Blueberry Growers

Date: June 3, 2016 - June 4, 2016
Time: See description.
Location: MSU Trevor Nichols Research Center, 6237 124th Avenue, Fennville, MI 49408
Contact: Carlos Garcia Salazar, 616-994-4545,

Michigan State University Extension and Michigan Food and Farming Systems (MIFFS) invite blueberry producers and workers from Michigan to participate in a preparation course to meet the requirements of the new food safety law which comes into force in September 2016. The new requirements include rules that producers and workers must follow to ensure that from the field to the table, blueberry production is done according to the minimum standards established. Another new requirement is that each producing blueberry farm must have a person who has received training of at least 7 hours on Good Agricultural Practices (GAP). For analysis of irrigation water there are also new requirements and procedures.

Course Objective: To teach the producer to perform a risk analysis on his or her farm, prepare a written manual of Food Safety (manual food safety) and in general, how to comply with the new rules. The course provides the minimum number of training hours required for Good Agricultural Practices.

Friday June 3: Classroom (1 - 7:30 p.m.)
• Introduction to Good Agricultural Practice
• Microbial contamination of blueberries during pre and post harvest
• Worker health and hygiene
• Field sanitation
• Water quality and sampling

Saturday June 4: Practice (9 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
• Using the USDA-GAP MDARD checklist
• How to develop a food safety manual for your farm
• How to conduct a risk assessment on your farm
• Field practices: Risk analysis on farms of participants

Course duration: 2 days 
Cost: $ 30 per person (covers material; June 3 dinner & June 4 lunch)

MSU Trevor Nichols Research Center
6237 124th Avenue
Fennville, MI 49408

To register click on the registration button below or contact Filiberto Villa at 616-830-2309 or The course has a limited quota so please register early.

Training will be conducted by MSU  Extension Produce Safety team members Carlos Garcia-Salzar, Phil Tocco, Anamaria Gomez-Rodas and Mark Longstroth with Filiberto Vill from MIFFS as collaborator.  

Participants will receive a certificate of completion of training from MSU Extension. 


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