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Addressing Food Safety in School Produce Purchasing

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Addressing food safety is important when buying fresh produce for schools, whether purchasing directly from farms or from distributors. In this webinar, a USDA expert will discuss procurement requirements, including the geographic preference rule. State experts will explain how to incorporate food safety, including GAPs and liability insurance, into produce purchases and share success stories. A local foodservice director will discuss her district’s food safety requirements for local farms and distributors.

Objectives:

At the end of this webinar, participants will:

  • Understand the federal procurement requirements for produce purchases, including the geographic preference rule
  • Know how one state provides education and training to school districts on food safety for fresh produce purchases
  • Know how one school district addresses food safety when purchasing produce

Program Details:

Date: Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Time: 2:00 PM EDT/1:00 PM CDT/12:00 PM MDT/11:00 AM PDT

Duration: 75 minutes (approximately)

View Archived Webinar

https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/403305050 

Webinar documents

PowerPoint slides used in the webinar (pdf)

Proof of Attendance/CEU Form (pdf)

Presenters/ Speakers:

Julie Skolmowski, MPH, RD, SNS
Food Safety Specialist
Office of Food Safety
USDA Food and Nutrition Service

Role/Perspective: Expert Panelist, USDA

Loren LaCorte
USDA Farm to School Team Lead
Child Nutrition Division
USDA Food and Nutrition Service

Role/Perspective: Expert Panelist, USDA

Stewart Eidel
Section Chief, Professional Development and Technical Assistance
School & Community Nutrition Programs Branch
Maryland Department of Education

Role/Perspective: Expert Panelist, MD Dept. of Education

Sarah Trist MS, RD
Program Specialist
Maryland State Department of Education

Role/Perspective: Expert Panelist, MD Dept. of Education

Diane Duncan-Goldsmith, MS, RD, LD
Director of Food Service
Iowa City Community School District

Role/Perspective: Expert Panelist, Iowa City Community SD


 
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