Workshop Tackles Food Recalls

NCDA&CS sponsors workshop on how to both prevent and perform a food product recall.

Published on: Dec 31, 2012

With diversification, many farms today sell retail products directly to the consumers. But if a product had to be recalled how would farm operators respond? Would they know what to do?

A new resource may be able to help. A workshop designed to help small food businesses both prevent and respond to recalls will be offered by the N.C. Department of Agriculture in the Triad on Wed., Jan. 16.

"This workshop is the latest in a series of educational programs we've held around the state for small food businesses," says Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. "It is designed specifically for certified home kitchen food entrepreneurs, shared-use kitchen food businesses, food processing and packaging businesses, and meat processing facilities."

Photo by Stephen Ausmus, courtesy of USDAs Agricultural Research Service.
Photo by Stephen Ausmus, courtesy of USDA's Agricultural Research Service.

Topics to be covered will help entrepreneurs decide the ramifications involved in handling a recall and how to go about implementing them. Subjects to be covered include the economics of food recalls, a retail company's perspective on recalls, communicating with the public and your customers during a recall, common and avoidable mistakes in the food chain and a risk-based approach to preventing foodborne disease outbreaks.

Speakers include officials from Food Lion, NCDA&CS, N.C. Sea Grant and the N.C. Division of Public Health.

The workshop will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Moose Café meeting room at the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market in Colfax. It is sponsored by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the N.C. Food Safety and Defense Task Force.

The cost is $30 and includes lunch and materials. The registration deadline is Jan. 9.

A registration form can be downloaded from www.ncagr.gov/markets/agribiz. Checks should be made payable to NCDA&CS and mailed to Annette Dunlap, N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, 1020 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1020.

For more information, contact Dunlap at 919-707-3117 or annette.dunlap@ncagr.gov.