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Food Scales Certification

The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will be at the King Farmer’s Market (105 Moore Road, …

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NC Safe Plates

NC Safe Plates Classes and Exam have been moved to March 2019. Class: March 18-19, 2019 9 a.m.-4 p.m. with one-hour …

Food Safety Classes

Two workshops addressing Food Safety will be held in February: 1. FDA Juice HACCP Regulation Compliance – February 13-14, 2014, …

Holiday Food Safety Tips

A message from Dr. Ben Chapman about Holiday Food Safety… Hi folks – I know many of you have already …

Navigating the USDA GAP Audit

The following article/workshop notice is from Aubry Ettinger, MPH at North Carolina State University: North Carolina State University and North …

Recent Publications related to Food Safety & Processing

Starch iodine staining pattern used to determine apple maturity.

Maximizing Your SmartFresh℠ Investments

SmartFresh℠ (1-methylcyclopropene, MCP) is a relatively new tool for postharvest management of apples. In 2002, …

Figure 2. Fitting the top in place.

Cool and Ship: A Low-Cost, Portable Forced-Air Cooling Unit

This publication gives instruction for building and using an inexpensive postharvest cooling system. The cool …

Figure 1. The effects of temperature on the growth of Monolinia

Chlorination and Postharvest Disease Control

At present, chlorination is one of the few chemical options available to help manage postharvest …

Figure 1. Liquid icing single cartons of produce.

Crushed and Liquid Ice Cooling

This publication is intended to help growers, packers, and shippers of fresh produce make informed …

Figure 1. Typical conventional hydrocooler.

Hydrocooling

This publication is intended to help growers, packers, and shippers of fresh produce make informed …

Figure 1. Cooling time for various airflow rates.

Forced-Air Cooling

This publication covers the characteristics and benefits of forced-air cooling to cool fresh produce to …

Figure 1. Common produce packages.

Design of Room Cooling Facilities: Structural & Energy Requirements

Proper temperature control is essential to protecting the quality of fresh produce. By constructing and …

Figure 1. Room cooling.

Proper Postharvest Cooling and Handling Methods

This publication provides information on cooling basics, common produce cooling methods and other steps for …