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New GFVGA Intern to start at 2016 SE Regional

The Georgia Fruit Vegetable Growers Association (GFVGA) is looking forward to welcoming Sarah Hunter, a student at Auburn University, to the team in January as the 2016 Spring Intern. Hunter will begin her internship experience with the association at the SE Regional Conference in Savannah. “This will be an exciting first experience for [Hunter]. Through this event, she will get to meet and learn from members of the produce industry,” said Samantha Kilgore, GFVGA Director of Communications and former intern (2012). “There is no better way to start in our office than coming to the conference. Sarah will experience what
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Taking Sponge Samples

Many operations choose to verify the efficacy of their cleaning and training programs using a microbiological testing program. Not everyone though has been taught how to properly take a sponge sample. Many laboratories simply send the sponges and neglect to include instructions or the instructions are not consulted when taking a sample. Improperly taking a sample can lead to false positive or false negative test results. Because sponges are larger than swabs they are typically used to sample non-food contact surfaces. However, they can be used on food contact surfaces. Sponges can be used to sample equipment or environmental locations.
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Jeff Cook Receives Donnie H. Morris Award for Excellence in Extension

The GFVGA would like to congratulate Mr. Jeff Cook, County Extension Agent for Taylor and Peach Counties, on his recently received Donnie H. Morris Award for Excellence in Extension.   This award was established by the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association to recognize University of Georgia Cooperative Extension personnel for their important contribution to Georgia fruit and vegetable operations. Individuals eligible for this award must be nominated by a grower member of GFVGA.   Jeff has a Masters in Plant Pathology and Pest Management from the University of Georgia and has been involved in agriculture and extension for 14 years.
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Performing a Mock Recall Exercise

PERFORMING A MOCK RECALL EXERCISE Written by: Katie Odrobina, Senior Food Safety Consultant, PFSS Mock recalls are routine exercises conducted to assess existing traceability and recall procedures and their effectiveness. The ability to trace a commodity through the supply chain can help protect public health and safety while limiting losses in an actual recall situation. In being ready for an actual recall there is the plan and then there is the practice of the implementation. The plan alone will not guarantee readiness for a midnight phone call from the FDA. Establishing a Recall Team There is no set guideline on
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GFVGA Submits Comments on Pollinator Protection

The Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (GFVGA) recently filed comments regarding regulations proposed by EPA concerning use of pesticides that could have an effect on pollinators. To view the comments, click here. EPA is proposing to prohibit the applications of pesticides that are highly toxic to bees when crops are in bloom and bees are under contract for pollination services. These restrictions would prohibit application of most insecticides and some herbicides during bloom. One of the key points we are trying to get across is rather than the EPA forcing new regulations, allow the grower and the beekeepers to work
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More Booths, More Education, More Value at Southeast Regional 2016

      More Booths, More Education, More Value at SE Regional 2016 The SE Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference returns to Savannah this January 7-10, 2016.  In 2015, the event hosted more than 3100 produce industry members, marking the event’s fifteenth year of continued attendance growth.  Hoping to meet the needs of all in attendance, the conference will add booth space to the trade show floor and increase the number of overall educational hours. Sponsored by the GFVGA and the Georgia Peach Council (GPC) the conference will be held at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center.  The
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