GAINESVILLE—The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences has joined the Florida Restaurant Association (FRA) to offer food safety training classes throughout the state.
The program, taught by county faculty from the Cooperative Extension Service and held at county extension offices, will give food handlers the opportunity to learn the most important aspects of food safety through a three-hour program. The program will prepare them to take the state food handler’s certification exam, which will be offered immediately following the program. (more …)
GAINESVILLE—The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Cooperative Extension Service will sponsor a statewide series of computer workshops designed to help businesses create their own World Wide Web pages.
The half-day workshops, “Agriculture and the Internet II — Creating a Web Page for Your Business,” will begin Sept. 6 and will continue through July 11 at 12 sites around the state. Those sites include Pensacola, Monticello, Cocoa Beach, Orlando, Bradenton, Fort Pierce, Homestead, Fort Myers, Gainesville, Seffner, West Palm Beach and Jacksonville. (more …)
GAINESVILLE—Vegetable salads served in supermarkets and restaurants generally are safe, although mishandling sometimes leads to contamination with bacteria, a University of Florida food safety researcher says.
Education for food workers, proper storage and washing can keep most fresh-cut vegetables free of bacteria, said Cheng-I Wei, a researcher for UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. (more …)
GAINESVILLE—Southern Pine Beetle populations have exploded to outbreak levels along the Suwannee River in Hamilton and Madison counties, where the tree-killing beetle has invaded several pine plantations.
Forest owners throughout North Florida need to check their stands and begin control measures if they spot the voracious beetle, said entomologist John L. Foltz, of the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. (more …)