Packing Shed Sanitation & Environmental Monitoring Hands-On Workshop a Success
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Packing shed owners, food safety directors and staff, state regulators, and workshop sponsors at the inaugural Packing Shed Sanitation and Environmental Monitoring Hands-On Workshop said the two-day workshop was well worth their time. The workshop was held at the Tift County Extension office in Tifton, Georgia with daily hands-on activities at Lewis Taylor Farms’ packing sheds.
“It was our hope to create a time and place for food safety professionals to learn, discuss, then apply cleaning and sanitation principles and practices at their sheds,” said Beth Oleson, director of education and food safety for GFVGA. “While food safety is integrated into every aspect of an operation, so much hinges on the cleaning and sanitation program that is often an afterthought. I was ecstatic to see so many attendees leave with long lists of practices to review or implement at their packing sheds.”
Presenters Jeff Lucas, Technical Director with Mérieux NutriSciences, Dr. Laurel Dunn, State Food Science Extension Specialist with Univ of Georgia, and Beth Oleson, Director of Food Safety and Education for GFVGA worked hard to create an intimate learning environment for attendees to discuss “open” packing shed food safety issues. This included workshop sponsors who were invited to enhance discussions and education through their various products and services. Attendees also enjoyed seeing and hearing about the organization and scope of packing sheds at Lewis Taylor Farms.
The workshop was sold out with a waiting list. Organizers are considering offering the course in early 2019.