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Hands-On Packing Facility Sanitation & Environmental Monitoring Workshop
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Cleaning and sanitation are the main pillars of a food safety program. However, it is rare to find a manager who has thought through and been trained on optimal procedures, tools, & chemicals necessary to effectively clean, sanitize, swab, and regularly dismantle equipment in a packing facility. During this workshop, effective equipment & facility sanitation and monitoring techniques will be reviewed and solidified with hands-on examples and exercises in a working packing facility.

8/28/2018 to 8/29/2018
When: 8:00 AM
Where: Tift County Extension Office
1465 Carpenter Road South
Tifton, Georgia  31793
United States
Contact: Beth Oleson
(706) 845-8200

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Thank you for your interest in the Hands On Packing Facility Sanitation Workshop.The workshop is full and we have gone to a waiting list. Due to the very high interest and the growing waiting list, GFVGA is considering offering this workshop in the fall. While there are no promises it can be offered again, if you would like to be added to the waiting list, please contact Beth Oleson, boleson@asginfo.net or (706) 845-8200.


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Cleaning and sanitation are the main pillars upon which a food safety program is built. While the act of cleaning and sanitizing a packing facility and equipment can be done by most anyone, it is rare to find a manager who will take the time to think through the optimal procedures to clean, sanitize, schedule regular dismantling of equipment, and create a thorough environmental sampling program based on historical microbial findings and higher risk areas in equipment and the facility. During this workshop, effective equipment and facility sanitation monitoring techniques will be discussed which will be solidified with hands-on examples and exercises in a working packing facility.


At the end of this course participants will:
  • Gain an understanding of the microorganisms of significance in the handling and packing of fresh produce
  • How common equipment design flaws can contribute to the movement of pathogens throughout the packing shed
  • Be capable of assessing equipment design concerns
  • Understand sanitation principles including the functionality of detergents / cleaners and different categories of sanitizers
  • How to create, design, and implement an environmental sampling program, focusing on pathogen harborage sites
  • Be able to identify the hard to clean places in equipment that can lead to the development of microbial growth niches
  • How to sample equipment surfaces
  • Risks associated with water use and chiller operations

Tift County Extension Office
1468 Carpenter Road South
Tifton, Georgia 31793


GFVGA Member:  $300 per attendee*

* GFVGA and MXNS reserved the right to cancel class if class minimum of 15 attendees is not achieved. Only 30 spots available.



For a full description of the course, sponsors, agenda, presenters, etc., click HERE. The course includes "classroom" exercises followed by small group, hands-on application at a local produce packing facility. General agenda items include:

  • Overview of microbial basics - growth factors in the environment, identifying growth niches
  • Sanitation, Environmental monitoring and Equipment Design - Pre-operational vs operation sanitation, purpose of environmental sampling, challenges to monitoring, how equipment design can be success or challenge to sanitation
  • Hygienic design in the facility and the equipment
  • Selecting the appropriate cleaner and method of cleaning
  • Selecting the appropriate sanitizer, reviewing the different types of sanitizers, and application of sanitizers
  • Identifying swab/environmental sampling sites, demonstrating correct sampling tools and techniques
  • Maintaining an environmental program, data management, interpretation of results, corrective actions, regulatory considerations, and what happens when results are "out of spec"
  • And more




Thank you to the Workshop Sponsors! 







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