The Delaware Department of Agriculture is offering two one-day courses in March to help farmers growing fruits and vegetables comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule.

“About one in six Americans gets sick each year from foodborne illness,” said Secretary of Agriculture Michael T. Scuse. “The Food Safety Modernization Act is a proactive approach to prevent these foodborne illnesses by strengthening the food supply. These training sessions will help farmers to recognize and eliminate risks, learn how to implement different safety practices, and allow them to connect with experts on developing their farm food safety plan. We want to help Delaware farmers meet the requirements of the Produce Safety Rule so that consumers know they are purchasing the freshest, highest quality fruits and vegetables that are safe to eat.”

Fruit and vegetable growers who want to learn about produce safety, Good Agricultural Practices, how to begin development on a food safety plan and the Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule are encouraged to attend one of the upcoming Delaware FSMA: Produce Safety Rule Training and Produce Safety Updates workshops.

Workshops will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., lunch will be provided and registration is free. Workshops will be held March 3 at Delaware Department of Agriculture, 2320 S. Dupont Highway, Dover; and March 22 and University of Delaware Carvel Research and Education Center, 16483 County Seat Highway, Georgetown.

To register, email anna.wicks@state.de.us or call 698-4582.