North Carolina’s fresh produce safety efforts are broad and diverse, positioning the state as a national leader in food safety education and outreach. This website represents the “N.C. Fresh Produce Safety program,” part of the Department of Horticultural Sciences at NCSU. This website is managed by Elena Rogers and Chip Simmons, Area Specialized Agents in Food Safety- Fresh Produce.
N.C. Fresh Produce Safety Task Force
The N.C. Fresh Produce Safety Task Force minimizes food safety risks and enhances the economic competitiveness of North Carolina’s fresh produce industry.
The Task Force is a partnership that brings together members involved in education, public policy, the fresh produce industry and research. Partnering institutions and agencies include:
- North Carolina State University – Cooperative Extension, including the program areas of Agriculture and Natural Resources and Family and Consumer Sciences, the Departments of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences; Horticultural Science; Agricultural and Resource Economics; Biological and Agricultural Engineering; and 4-H Youth Development and Family & Consumer Sciences.
- North Carolina A&T State University – Cooperative Extension, Departments of Natural Resources and Environmental Design, and Family and Consumer Sciences.
- North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services – North Carolina Food and Drug Protection Division and Marketing Division.
- United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
- North Carolina Farm Bureau
- Carolina Farm Stewardship Association
- Commodity Groups
- Fresh Produce Brokers/Distributors
- Individual Growers