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Implementing GAPs and GHPs programs for producing high quality and safer produce in Mississippi

  • Award Amount: $38,061
  • Regional Center: Southern Extension Risk Management Education Center
  • Grant Program: 2013 Competitive Grant Program
  • Project Director: Barakat Mahmoud
  • Email: bm547@msstate.edu
  • Organization: Mississippi State University

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Project Overview

This project addresses the legal food safety liabilities associated with the production of fruits and vegetables through small and mid-size farms in Mississippi. The main goals of this educational proposal were a) to teach growers and handlers how to reduce microbial risks during production, postharvest, handling, and distribution and b) to teach producers to develop and implement farm food safety plans which prepare them for GAPs/GHPs certification. Four (one-day) workshops were delivered at four different locations; Biloxi, Hattiesburg, Jackson, and Starkville. PowerPoint presentations and additional handouts of supporting materials were provided to the participants. Furthermore, two assessments (before and after workshops) were given to the participants to measure their knowledge about food safety. Fifty-four growers/producers attended these workshops. Post-workshop survey data indicated that the participants’ food safety knowledge, increased by 18% after attending the workshops.  Furthermore, our workshops helped producers develop their own food safety plans. The workshops also trained the producers to be prepared for the USDA GAP & GHP audit. Several producers, with assistance from our program, are ready for the audit and one producer has already become USDA-GAP certified. 

 

Number of Participants: 54

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