“The N.C. Fresh Produce Safety Task Force minimizes food safety risks and enhances the economic competitiveness of North Carolina’s fresh produce industry.”
The N.C. Fresh Produce Safety Task Force minimizes food safety risks and enhances the economic competitiveness of North Carolina’s fresh produce industry with support from the research, teaching and outreach programs of N.C. State University, N.C. A&T State University, N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, N.C. Farm Bureau and industry groups.
“The Task Force is a multi-agency, multi-stakeholder partnership designed to improve the protection of the food supply in North Carolina.”
The NC Food Safety and Defense Task Force is a governor’s appointed group whose responsibilities relate to the safety of the food supply system in NC, including assessment of the vulnerability of the food system to external threats, improvement of the security of the food system, related response planning, and the implementation of training for stakeholders in NC’s food supply system. This includes the recommendation of appropriate legislation, budget, staffing, and resource changes to meet these food safety goals. It is also the “parent” task force for the Fresh Produce Safety Task Force.
“Center for Produce Safety (CPS) is focused exclusively on providing the produce industry and government with open access to the actionable information needed to continually enhance the safety of produce.”
The CPS is a collaborative partnership that focuses on the enhancement of fresh produce safety. CPS combines input from industry, government, and academia to identify produce safety research needs, conduct research to meet those needs, and to implement solutions to the problems facing the safety of the fresh produce food supply.
“Providing fundamental, science-based, on-farm food safety knowledge to fresh fruit and vegetable farmers, packers, regulatory personnel and others interested in the safety of fresh produce.”
The PSA is a collaborative group that is working to establish a unified set of GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) training materials/curricula for U.S. farmers, and to help implement food safety practices on farms and in packinghouses.