We’re excited to welcome Patricia Tripp back to a staff position at CFSA as the Local Produce Safety Manager. She will provide more SC growers with resources to meet industry-driven food safety standards. Patricia is an advocate for safe, healthy and sustainable agricultural practices with extensive expertise in food safety. She recently relocated to South Carolina to assist us with the expansion of this project.
“I was part of the expansion of LPSI in North Carolina and am very excited that the program’s success has provided CFSA with the opportunity to expand,” states Patricia.
Patricia holds her Masters Degree in Agricultural and Life Sciences from Virginia Tech, and serves on the NC Fresh Produce Task Force, The NC Governors Produce Safety and Defense Task Force, and the Calibration Committee for the Harmonized GAP Standard. Before joining the staff full-time, Patricia worked with CFSA and other groups across the country through her own consulting firm, Artisan Food Solutions.
The Local Produce Safety Initiative provides growers with one-on-one assistance in implementing an on-farm food safety program. Each farm is unique, so the consultation services are customized to meet the needs of the grower. Services may include conducting a risk assessment, reviewing a food safety plan, conducting a mock audit or providing GAP audit support.
For more information on these services, visit www.carolinafarmstewards.org/gaps-consulting.