NCDA&CS to host a small-business workshop on preventing a food recall

Deadline to register is Jan. 22

RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the N.C. Food Safety and Defense Task Force are hosting a workshop Jan. 31 titled “Protecting Your Business, Preventing a Recall,” geared for small food businesses.

Topics to be covered include the economics of food recalls, a retail company’s perspective about a food recall, how to communicate with the public and your customers if a recall is needed, common and avoidable mistakes in the food chain and a risk-based approach to preventing foodborne disease outbreaks. Speakers include officials from Food Lion, NCDA&CS and the N.C. Division of Public Health.

The workshop, which is designed for certified home kitchen food entrepreneurs, shared-use kitchen food businesses, food processing/packaging businesses and meat processing facilities, will be held at the Union County Cooperative Extension Building in Monroe from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost is $20 and includes lunch and materials. The registration deadline is Jan. 22.

Checks should be made payable to NC Ag Promotions Inc., and mailed to Annette Dunlap, Agribusiness Developer, N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, 1020 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1020.

For more information, contact Dunlap at 919-707-3117 or email at is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.