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Developing a Program to Educate the Walnut Xupply Chain as it Pertains to Product Handling and Safety

Investigators
Zagory, Devon
Institutions
Devon Zagory & Associates LLC
Start date
2011
End date
2011
Objective
Walnuts have not been implicated in any food borne illness outbreaks to date. However, recent Salmonella outbreaks associated with almonds and more recently pistachios have highlighted the vulnerability of nut crops as potential vectors for food borne pathogens.

The California walnut industry has a critical interest in preventing outbreaks associated with walnuts and limiting the scope should there be such an outbreak.

This proposal describes the development and implementation of education and training programs specific to the walnut industry, to be delivered to 60+ walnut "handlers" operating in California.

The program seeks to bring all walnut handlers up to a common level of knowledge about food safety hazards, processes and programs through a series of on-line educational modules. The modules will cover the basics of Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), Homeland Security (HMLS), Product Protection and Defense and Safety, Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP), and principals ofTracejRecali.

The second part of the program will entail a series of group meetings with handlers to prepare a hazard analysis appropriate for their individual operations. We will then develop training and implementation materials to aid in addressing the identified hazards. Finally, a second series of workshops will provide training in developing trace-recall and food security programs.

Funding Source
Center for Produce Safety
Project number
2011-154
Categories
Bacterial Pathogens
Education and Training
Preventive Food Safety Systems
Commodities
Nuts, Seeds