RT1 A Real-world Conversation about Food Safety and Microbial Quality of Sustainable Diversified Farming Systems

Monday, August 1, 2016: 8:30 AM-10:00 AM
222 (America's Center - St. Louis)
Sponsored By:
Primary Contact: Siddhartha Thakur
Organizers: Eduardo Gutierrez and Siddhartha Thakur
Convenors: Eduardo Gutierrez and Siddhartha Thakur
Panelists: Samir Assar , James Gorny , Trevor Suslow , Karen McSwain and Steve Warshawe
Symposia afford attendees the opportunity to hear the latest information on a specific topic with little time for questions.  For emerging and controversial topics it affords little or no time for adequate question and answer.  The purpose of this roundtable is to facilitate discussion on the Safety and Microbial Quality of Foods produced at the fresh produce-animal interface in diversified sustainable farms that cater to the local community. This roundtable will address the following topics: 1- Define what is a diversified farm within our national context, 2- Explore production practices within these systems, 3- Describe the potential food safety risks associated with these management practices, 4- Describe the challenges of developing holistic, systems-based approaches to developing a body of scientific knowledge specific to fresh produce safety and these farming systems,  5- Frame current FSMA regulations and their potential implications for diversified farms 6- How produce associations are organizing and supporting their growers with the implementation of these new mandates, 7- Scientific approaches that will address the needs of this industry during rule enforcement.
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