Thursday March 2, 2017
1:00- 2:00 PM EST
Navigating a Treacherous Landscape: A Practitioner’s Guide to GAP Food Safety Certification and the Food Safety Modernization Act (Part II)
~ Bring your Food Safety, GAP, and FSMA questions! ~
Lindsay Gilmour, GAP Food Safety Educator
Jeff Stoltzfus, Food Safety Educator with Penn State Cooperative Extension
In this follow up webinar, Lindsay will be joined by Jeff Stoltzfus, Food Safety Educator with Penn State Cooperative Extension. They will look at two contrasting farming scenarios and discuss the steps they are taking to comply with customer and FDA requirements and will take questions on GAP Food Safety and FSMA.
For produce growers, now more than ever food safety certification is a major hurdle to entering and staying competitive in the wholesale marketplace. More and more buyers are requiring 3rd party audits and frequently farmers are left to find their own way through a confusing and complicated food safety landscape. Add to this the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act and you have a perfect recipe for dismay and misinformation. In this webinar we will attempt to demystify the mysterious, find out what questions farmers and buyers should be asking each other, and answer some of the burning questions about FSMA and food safety audits:
- Why produce food safety and why now?
- What is GAP certification?
- What questions should I ask? – As a farmer or as a buyer
- What is a food safety standard and how do I know which one to choose?
- When is a 3rd party audit necessary? Who is qualified to provide the audit?
- What training do I need?
- Who has to comply with FSMA and what does it take?
- What will all this cost me in time and money??
- Who can I trust?
In March of 2016, Jeff Stoltzfus joined the Penn State Extension, Lancaster County team as a Farm Food Safety educator. Prior to that he spent the past 23 years as a farmer educator with the Eastern Lancaster County School District working primarily with vegetable farmers. He helped farmers start an onion growing cooperative and worked with them in the areas of production and food safety. Jeff lives on a small farm and grows strawberries, pumpkins, and beef cattle.