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January 10, 2013

Melon food safety conference to focus on research and practice

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Melon growers and sellers can review the challenges of 2012 and learn about new research and initiatives for this year at a melon food safety conference.

"Melon Food Safety - 2012 and Beyond" will be held Jan. 29 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Southwest-Purdue Agricultural Center, 4369 N. Purdue Road, Vincennes.

There will be instruction in safe handling practices for growers and discussion on the prevention and investigation of foodborne illness. The conference is open to current and prospective farmers, packers and brokers from Indiana and surrounding states.

Session topics include food safety guidelines and practices for cantaloupe and watermelon, Purdue University food safety research and consumer produce handling. Additionally, there will be a review of the 2012 Salmonella outbreak on cantaloupe and the Indiana State Department of Health's Produce Safety Initiative for 2013.

Registration costs $15 per person and is due by Jan. 22. To download a registration form, visit http://ag.purdue.edu/hla/fruitveg/, select "Melon Food Safety" under "Hot Topics" and click "More".

For more information, contact Liz Maynard at 219-531-4200, ext. 4206, or emaynard@purdue.edu.

Writer: Jessica Merzdorf, 765-494-8402, jmerzdor@purdue.edu

Source: Dan Egel, 812-886-0198, egel@purdue.edu

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