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Don’t be left in the dark about food safety when the power goes out

When the power goes out, the clock starts ticking on the safety of your refrigerated and frozen foods. Meats, seafood, ice cream, cut produce and even leftover pizza can become susceptible to foodborne contaminants in just a few hours, said Londa Nwadike, food safety extension specialist for the University of Missouri and Kansas State University. […]

Fruits and Vegetables

Online workshops set for fruit and vegetable growers for produce safety training

Missouri fruit and vegetable growers can enroll in upcoming no-cost or low-cost online produce safety training. Webinar topics include creating a food safety plan for USDA Good Agricultural Practices certification, Food Safety Modernization Act training, produce safety best practices, and wildlife control for produce growers, said Londa Nwadike, an extension associate professor of food safety […]

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Missouri Department of Agriculture announces grants for Missouri specialty crop producers

The Missouri Department of Agriculture is now accepting proposals for anticipated funding through the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. Interested individuals, community organizations, and research institutions working to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops in Missouri should submit their application by March 8, 2021. “Specialty Crop Grants are one of the many financial assistance options […]

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Public interest groups sue EPA for re-approving controversial herbicide dicamba

Public-interest groups are suing the Environmental Protection Agency over the agency’s re-approval of products containing dicamba, a herbicide controversial for its tendency to drift into neighboring fields and damage farmers’ crops and homeowners’ gardens. Last fall, the EPA green-lighted dicamba use for five years, the third time the agency registered dicamba products. George Kimbrell, legal director at […]

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PETA seeks criminal probe after revealing steers shot in head at Warner Locker near Maysville

PETA has obtained a U.S. Department of Agriculture report revealing a recent violation of law at Warner Locker outside Maysville, Missouri. In response, the group sent a letter this morning calling on DeKalb County Prosecuting Attorney Erik Tate to review the matter and, as appropriate, file criminal cruelty-to-animals charges against the facility and its manager […]

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Food Safety webinar scheduled for November 17, 2020

The Missouri Small Business Development Center at Northwest Missouri State University, the Missouri Small Business Development Center for Agriculture, Food and Forestry, and University Missouri Extension are partnering to host a Food Safety for Food Processors and Small Businesses webinar on Nov. 17, 2020, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. There is no fee to […]

Farmers Market

Farmers market vendors prep for season amid COVID-19 concerns

University of Missouri Extension food safety specialist Londa Nwadike says that, right now, science is on the side of produce growers.  “There is currently no evidence that the novel coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, has been transmitted through food or food packaging,” said Nwadike, who has dual extension appointments with MU and Kansas State University. That’s […]

Coronavirus Concerns

Experts say Coronavirus not a food safety concern

While some members of the public have expressed concerns about the Coronavirus and the food supply, experts say its unlikely coronavirus spreads through food. While the USDA and FDA have not released any specific details for how Coronavirus could affect food safety, the World Health Organization says consumers should practice good food safety measures. During […]

Great Plains Growers Conference

Great Plains Growers Conference set to begin January 9, 2020 in Saint Joseph

The Annual Great Plains Growers Conference in Saint Joseph will offer updates on technology, production, and safety in commercial fruit and vegetable production. The event will be held at the Fulkerson Center on the Missouri Western State University campus on January 9th through 11th. Workshop topics will include food safety grower training, honeybees, drip irrigation, […]

Great Value Turkey Sausage and Pork

Great Value pork and turkey sausage products recalled due to possible Salmonella

George’s Prepared Foods, a Caryville, Tenn. establishment, is recalling approximately 6,444 pounds of ready-to-eat pork sausage patty and turkey sausage patty products that may be contaminated with Salmonella. The ready-to-eat pork and turkey sausage patty items were produced on April 19, 2019, April 27, 2019, May 7, 2019, and May 9, 2019. The following products […]

Fruits and Vegetables

Produce workshops scheduled to meet requirements of Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule

Workshops will be held for fruit and vegetable growers to meet the training requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule. Locations for the workshops include the Waverly City Hall December 4th from 8:30 to 5:30 and the Great Plains Growers Conference at the Fulkerson Center on the Missouri Western State University campus […]