The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff faculty and Cooperative Extension Program staff will present a food safety workshop at Southern Arkansas University at Magnolia.


Scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6, the session will help growers prepare for a Harmonized Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) audit.


The workshop will be held at the Donald W. Reynolds Campus and Community Center at SAU, according to a news release from the UAPB School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences.


The event will be conducted by UAPB and Cooperative Extension personnel who have undergone specialized training and earned qualification as U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) trainers, according to the release.


Instructors will cover the foundation of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), FSMA produce safety rule requirements and developing a food safety plan for a GAP audit.


“The ultimate goal of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act is the prevention of foodborne illnesses by putting in place measures effective in preventing contamination,” Henry English, director of the Small Farm Program at UAPB, said.


If participants have special needs or want to be included in the working lunch count, they should contact Kandi Williams at klwilliams4@yahoo.com or 903-306-8663.


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