Developing a Collaborative Education and Training Program to Advance Food Safety for Hmong Growers

Added by Pei Liu • Last updated June 8, 2024
Author: Pei Liu
Type: Project (Food Safety Outreach Program - FSOP)
Topic: General (PSR), Produce Safety Rule (PSR)
Language: English

There hasn&t been much research done on the needs and challenges faced by local Hmong growers, taking into account their cultural values and way of life. Previous projects on food safety showed that Hmong growers need more resources like customized templates and one-on-one consultations. This new project builds on what was learned before and aims to develop a training program to help Hmong growers in the upper Midwest improve food safety. The hope is that this program can be shared with other small, diverse and socially-disadvantaged farms across the country.Specific objectives are:Objective (1): Provide customized and culturally sensitive food safety training program to Hmong growers in MO and MN.Objective (2): Complete rigorous evaluation of the culturally sensitive food safety training curriculum, and to adapt and improve it based on new FSMA updates and rules and to meet the needs of Hmong growers;Objective (3): Develop innovative, culturally sensitive, and easy to understand picture-based Supplemental Food Safety Manual guided by FSMA for Hmong growers in English and Hmong.Objective (4): Complete rigorous evaluation of Supplemental Food Safety Manual to assess usability and potential effectiveness and improve to meet the needs of the Hmong growers;Objective (5): Create a Hands-on Activity Trainer Guide with SOPs to describe a series of hands-on training activities for trainers to use when training Hmong or other socially disadvantaged growers for use in food safety and FSMA trainings.Objective (6) Provide one-on-one consultation and farm visits with farmer project participants to build confidence and skills of all growers. These growers will then serve as community liaisons, providing education and outreach around food safety to other Hmong farms in their communities.



Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Website
Added by Elizabeth Newbold • Last updated October 12, 2022
Topic: 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