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Produce Safety Workshop aims at food safety for all

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A “Glean Team” harvests produce at Fassnight Farms in 2014.

CARTHAGE, Mo. — Fruit and vegetable growers can learn about produce safety at a half-day workshop  on Wednesday, Jan. 17, in Webb City. The workshop is from 9 a.m.to noon at Central United Methodist Church, 5 Pennsylvania Ave. Cost for the event is $15.

The workshop will help all produce growers — including those selling at farmers markets and to restaurants, grocery stores, and wholesalers — improve the safety of their produce and will provide an introduction to produce safety regulations and market requirements.

“Because some produce is not cooked before eating, it’s essential that anyone handling fresh fruit and vegetables along the grower-to-consumer chain use the best practices possible to ensure safety,” said Londa Nwadike, consumer food safety specialist with University of Missouri Extension and Kansas State Research and Extension.

Participants can receive up to 10 free water tests after attending the workshop.

For more information or to register, go to eventbrite.com/e/37887629921 or call 816-482-5860.

This workshop is organized by the University of Missouri Extension, Kansas State University, Lincoln University, and the Webb City Farmers Market and is supported by a USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Food Safety Outreach Grant.

George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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