Understanding and Addressing Needs for On-Farm Produce Safety Education in Hydroponics and Aquaponics

Added by Sean Fogarty • Last updated Marzo 8, 2024
Autor: Sean Fogarty, Elizabeth Newbold, Andrew Chamberlin, Elizabeth Bihn, Laurie George, Robson Machado, Sujata Sirsat, Chris Callahan
Tipo: Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material, Case Study, Fact Sheets, Poster, Project, Project (Food Safety Outreach Program - FSOP), Videos
Tema: General (PSR), Produce Safety Rule (PSR), Worker Health, Hygiene & Training, Wildlife, Domestic Animals & Land Use, Ag Water (Preharvest), Ag Water (Postharvest), Postharvest Handling & Sanitation, Food Safety Plans, Record Keeping
Idioma: English

UPDATE: Spring 2024 - New Resources Available

NECAFS is pleased to announce the release of multiple resources on produce safety in hydroponic and aquaponic operations for educators, regulators, and producers. These resources are now available on a project page of the NECAFS website. They build upon and expand previous work in this area, providing engaging examples and links to many external resources.

We are excited to share a new introductory guide to produce safety in hydroponics and aquaponics (also available as a PDF factsheet, attached to this post) and a new page dedicated to our first grower case study. This will continue to grow as more video, web, and print materials are developed. All new materials will be linked in the side menu on the project home page, so that’s the one to bookmark!

The project team, with guidance, participation, and extensive review from national advisory and collaborator groups, created these educational resources to provide greater clarity and understanding for our audience. These materials discuss produce safety practices required by the Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule (PSR). They cover key points to consider when tailoring produce safety practices to the unique attributes of hydroponic and aquaponic operations.

We are SO grateful to the 60+ people who have contributed to this work in one way or another.

 

Poster presented at NECAFS 2024 Annual Meeting - Abstract

The Northeast Center to Advance Food Safety (NECAFS) determined through extensive stakeholder engagement that currently available educational resources and programming do not adequately address produce safety in hydroponic and aquaponic (HP/AP) operations. Resources are needed for multiple audiences, primarily growers and technical service providers such as extension educators, researchers, and regulatory personnel. NECAFS published a set of 5 factsheets in spring 2023 which offer exploratory discussions of important produce safety topic areas through a HP/AP lens. In fall 2023, NECAFS hosted 2 educational webinars, available for viewing on the NECAFS YouTube channel, and organized 3 food safety sessions at the Aquaponics Association 2023 Annual Conference. An Advisory Group has been assembled with members representing many different roles related to HP/AP produce safety. A Delphi study is currently underway to elicit expert opinions about the produce safety related needs and preferred educational approaches of HP/AP growers, and results will inform creation of additional tailored work. Planned outputs include introductory educational web, print, and video resources, grower case studies in similar formats, and supplemental materials for the Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Grower Training. Planned educational events include additional webinars, calls with the PSA Educators’ group, remote PSA Grower Training tailored for hydroponic and aquaponic growers, and in-person workshops. Members of the Advisory Group are involved at all stages of material creation and revision. The overall goal of this project is to facilitate coordinated development of produce safety educational resources and experiences for aquaponic and hydroponic stakeholders across the nation to support increased understanding and reduced risk.

 


 


Socrates Trujillo - US FDA
Added by Socrates Trujillo • Last updated Febrero 11, 2020
Tipo: People
Tema: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Worker Health, Hygiene & Training; Soil Amendments; Wildlife, Domestic Animals & Land Use; Ag Water (Preharvest); Ag Water (Postharvest); Postharvest Handling & Sanitation; Food Safety Plans; Record Keeping
State: MD
Lynn Nakamura-tengan - University of Hawaii at Manoa
Added by Lynn Nakamura-Tengan • Last updated Febrero 11, 2020
Tipo: People
Tema: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Worker Health, Hygiene & Training; Soil Amendments; Wildlife, Domestic Animals & Land Use; Ag Water (Preharvest); Ag Water (Postharvest); Postharvest Handling & Sanitation; Food Safety Plans; Record Keeping
State: HI
Marina Abitia - Sunkist Growers, Inc.
Added by Marina Abitia • Last updated Octubre 11, 2020
Tipo: People
Tema: General (PCHF); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF); Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs); Preventive Controls (PCs); Food Safety Plan; General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Worker Health, Hygiene & Training; Soil Amendments; Wildlife, Domestic Animals & Land Use; Ag Water (Preharvest); Ag Water (Postharvest); Postharvest Handling & Sanitation; Food Safety Plans; Record Keeping
State: CA