The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule ushered in a new era in fresh fruit and vegetable production. The science-based regulation mandates new requirements for growing, harvesting, handling, and storage of fresh produce. When Safe Produce Indiana began offering classroom-based courses to educate produce growers on the Rule, the team did not have a space conducive to hands-on learning and practicing of these concepts. This presented challenges since several concepts and skills required for implementation of the Rule are highly technical. In 2019, Safe Produce Indiana opened the Purdue Extension Food Safety Training Hub in the newly constructed Vincennes University Agricultural Center. With a substantial produce grower population in Southwest Indiana, Vincennes offered a prime location for a training facility. The Training Hub houses functioning post-harvest equipment, an interactive learning classroom, a state-of-the art laboratory, and AV room to provide a dedicated facility for hands-on produce safety training.
Wednesday1:00 pm - 3:00 pmRoom(s): Atrium