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

A workshop aimed at helping small food businesses prevent and respond to recalls will take place Sept. 24 at the Eaddy Agronomic Building, 4300 Reedy Creek Road.

The workshop is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. It is sponsored by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the N.C. Food Safety and Defense Task Force.

“A recall can be devastating to a small food business,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “Through this workshop, we want to help small companies understand the importance of preventing food safety problems.”

The workshop is aimed at food entrepreneurs who work out of shared-use or certified home kitchens, food processing and packaging businesses, and meat processors.

Topics include the economic costs of food recalls; a food retailer’s perspective on recalls; common and avoidable mistakes in the food chain; food safety hazards in animal and marine protein foods; a risk-based approach to preventing foodborne disease outbreaks; and communicating with the public during a recall. Speakers include representatives from the NCDA&CS, Food Lion and N.C. Sea Grant.

The cost is $20 and includes lunch and materials. The registration deadline is Sept. 17. A registration form is available at Checks should be made payable to NCDA&CS and mailed to Annette Dunlap, 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 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.