Food Safety and COVID-19 Farm Trainings

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NC State Extension partners with UGA Extension and Osage Farms for a Series of Food Safety and COVID-19 Trainings.

On July 22 and 23, 2020, over 181 farmworkers learned timely and accurate information about COVID-19 transmission and prevention along with food safety guidelines while harvesting and packing produce. Twelve sessions were held in 25-minute intervals with 20 participants per session.

Topics covered included: guidelines for handwashing, personal cleanliness, use of gloves, the proper use of masks, social distancing, using hand sanitizer, cleaning high-touch surface areas such as cell phones, water coolers, and chairs, and letting your supervisor know if you’re feeling sick.

Elena Rogers, NC State University Food Safety and Fresh Produce Area Specialized Agent for Western North Carolina spoke to the farmworkers in their native language sharing timely and research-based information, calling upon individuals to demonstrate proper handwashing techniques and ending with questions and answers.

The training sessions were held via request of Melinda James of Osage Farms and smoothly executed by Ann, Melinda, Cody, and the James family in a collaboration with John Scaduto, Extension Coordinator in Agriculture and Natural Resources in Rabun County, Christy Bredenkamp, Extension Director in Macon County, Elena Rogers, NC State University Area Agent and specialists from both NC State University and UGA.

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