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Developing an active-learning outreach program to support small and very-small dried fruit processors’ food safety management


ObjectivesThe overall goal of this project is to develop an active-learning food safety program, Dehydrating Safely, to increase food safety knowledge and behavior compliance that will help to promote food safety culture in the dried produce industry and to reduce foodborne illness.Our proposal aligns with USDA's strategic goals of 1) maximizing the ability of American agricultural producers to prosper by feeding and clothing the world, 2) strengthening the stewardship of private lands through technology and research, and 3) providing all Americans access to a safe, nutritious, and secure food supply. The project objectives address the Food Safety Outreach program audience priority of serving small-scale food processors. This project will strengthen US agriculture and food systems by developing appropriate food safety-related content for small and very small-scale dried produce processors.Objective 1: Assess food safety knowledge, attitude, and practices, and identify the barriers of small and very-small-scale, dried produce processors to developing food safety plans.Objective 2: Develop an audience-driven food safety outreach program that addresses the barriers identified and utilizes active-learning interventions to increase knowledge level and practice compliance, impacting day-to-day food safety challenges on production.Objective 3: Develop and evaluate a train-the-trainer program for two essential trainer groups, extension educators, and food safety managers.

Feng, Yaohua
Purdue University
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