Extension webinar to teach food safety practices

COLUMBIA CITY — Webinars by Purdue Extension will help produce marketers better understand food safety practices so they can lower the risk of contamination.

“On-Farm Food Safety for Produce Direct Marketers” teaches produce marketers a basic understanding of food safety and good agricultural practices.

“While direct marketers may or may not be affected by recent food safety legislation, all growers who sell produce to the public food supply face the same responsibility to make sure products are grown in such a way that the risk of contamination by a foodborne pathogen is minimized,” said Scott Monroe, food safety educator for Purdue Extension. “Our program is designed for those who are selling directly to the consumer through roadside stands, farmers markets or other direct marketing venues.”

The webinar will be given Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. for participants to watch from a home computer or at one of four Purdue Extension host sites. Participants may access the webinar by home computer at http://bit.ly/OnFarmFoodSafety.

Webinar host site information:

• Whitley County Extension Office, Whitley County Courthouse Annex, 115 S. Line St., Columbia City. Contact: John Woodmansee, 244-7615.

• Elkhart County Extension Office, Elkhart Co. Fairgrounds, 17746 C.R. 34, Goshen. For questions, contact Mary Ann Lienhart-Cross at 574-533-0554.

• Lake County Extension Office, 2293 N. Main St., Crown Point. Contact: Nikki Witkowski, 219-755-3240.

• Spencer County Extension Office, Spencer Co. 4-H Fairgrounds, 1101 E. County Rd. 800 N., Chrisney. Contact: Nick Held, 812-362-8066.

There is no cost to view the webinar at one of the host sites. Those viewing at a host site should contact the site to pre-register prior. Name and phone number is all that is needed. For any additional questions, contact Monroe at jsmonroe@purdue.edu or 812-886-0198.

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