How to Avoid a Food Recall Workshop Offered

Next week the North Carolina Department of Agriculture will be offering a one-day workshop on how to avoid a food recall for small processors. Annette Dunlap, NCDA, Agribusiness Developer:

“We have been offering this program for several years and it has been well received and appreciated. We are aiming to help small businesses and food processors, to not have a recall, because that is very expensive and could potentially put them out of business.”

And if a product is recalled from a single source, history has shown that the whole sector can suffer. Dunlap says there will be information in this workshop to withstand that scenario:

“That’s another reason why its important for all businesses to recognize the importance of looking at ways to prevent recalls, because its true that if we get one business that has to issue a recall it affects everyone in that category.”

Dunlap outlines who would be interested in the workshop:

“We look at a case study of what a recall actually costs a major corporation and then we look at the details on how they can be prevented. We have a big emphasis on meat and seafood processing because those are the areas with a higher probability that a contaminated product might be in one of those processes. But we want folks who are using shared kitchens to be mindful so they can avoid the need to recall product.”

The workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, September 24th:

“Registration is by mail, they can access the registration form at www.ncagr.gov/markets  and then click on agribusiness development. Registration need to be in by Sept 17, the cost is $20 that covers materials and lunch in Raleigh. Questions call 919-707-3117.”


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