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How safe is your crop?

Event Time 9:30AM - 1PM
Venue Teagasc Ashtown
Growing safer crops seminar for the horticultural food sector

There is an increasing importance being attached to the area of microbiological contamination of fresh fruit and vegetables. And a major source of contamination can be the water you use on your farm. Water for washing, cleaning and irrigation can potentially cause you problems with your produce. This seminar will inform you about the new FSAI guidelines on fresh produce safety, simple tips on producing safe food, how to take a water sample, adviceon boring for water and wells, water quality of our rivers and how to clean up your water if you do have a problem.

This is a free seminar. IASIS points will be available.

Speakers and Topics

  • Dermot Callaghan, Head of Horticulture, Teagasc – Welcome
  • Johannes Kern, EU Commission – Setting the scene
  • Karl McDonald, FSAI – Reducing food safety risks on your farm
  • Susan Forde, Department of Agriculture – What we find on hygiene inspections
  • Jim Monaghan, Harper Adams University – UK situation, irrigation standards, types of pathogen, what crops are at risk, taking a water sample, possible solutions
  • David Ball, Hydrologist – How to drill and pump a borehole properly
  • Kaye Burgess, Teagasc – Microbiological risks in fresh produce
  • Stephen Alexander, Teagasc – How clean are our rivers?
  • Damien Bates Bemserve, James Hadley Hannovia – UV water treatment