Food and Drug Protection Division

Field Day offers safety tips for produce growers

North Carolina produce growers looking for information on produce safety regulations and tips on how to follow those regulations, will benefit from an upcoming Produce Safety Field Day. The N.C. Fresh Produce Safety Tack Force is hosting the field day in Salisbury on...

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Monitoring food and ensuring consumer safety

Monitoring food and ensuring consumer safety

  We Are Agriculture is a year-long series that will highlight the hard-work done by employees across the Department of Agriculture. Lucy Love, Produce Safety Specialist with our Food and Drug Protection Division, is one of those employees. Stay tuned each Wednesday here on the blog or any of our social media accounts and join […]

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Two upcoming Produce Safety Field Days planned – April 6  in Clinton and April 13 in Mills River. Events designed for fruit and vegetable growers who want to learn more about the Produce Safety Rule.

Two upcoming Produce Safety Field Days planned – April 6 in Clinton and April 13 in Mills River. Events designed for fruit and vegetable growers who want to learn more about the Produce Safety Rule.

Summary: Fruit and vegetable growers who want to learn more about the Produce Safety Rule and what is covered may want to attend an upcoming Produce Safety Field Days. One is planned for April 6 at the Horticultural Crops Research Station in Clinton and the other is planned for April 13 at the Mountain Horticultural […]

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Today’s Topic: NCDA&CS Food and Drug Protection Division inspectors work to ensure that recalled products are removed from shelves and consumers know about recalls.

Today’s Topic: NCDA&CS Food and Drug Protection Division inspectors work to ensure that recalled products are removed from shelves and consumers know about recalls.

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Whenever there is a national food recall where a product is known to have been distributed in our state, our Food and Drug Protection Division inspectors fan out across the state conducting recall-effectiveness checks. With a recent […]

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Talking Turkey: Tips for a safe Thanksgiving

Talking Turkey: Tips for a safe Thanksgiving

Family and friends will gather around the table this Thursday to celebrate Thanksgiving. The star of most of these tables will be the turkey. If you are in North Carolina, that’s great reason to celebrate. North Carolina is the second-largest producer of turkeys in the nation. In 2016, more than 1.2 billion pounds of turkey […]

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NCDA&CS takes center stage at the Southern Farm Show

NCDA&CS takes center stage at the Southern Farm Show

Ladies and gentlemen, step right up! The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is pleased to present its lineup for the 2017 Southern Farm Show Feb. 1-3. This show is the Southeast’s largest agricultural exposition with more than 400 vendors. It’s held every February at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. Come early and plan […]

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News Roundup: Sept. 10 – 16

News Roundup: Sept. 10 – 16

Each week we round up the latest N.C. agricultural headlines from news outlets across the state and country, as well as excerpts from the stories. “Black cohosh: WNC’s next cash crop?” Asheville Citizen-Times: Seems like it would be a slam dunk. Many of the pieces have been in place for years: the key ingredient, the […]

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Today’s Topic: NCDA&CS in planning stages for new laboratory complex

Today’s Topic: NCDA&CS in planning stages for new laboratory complex

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” In March, North Carolina voters approved the Connect NC bond package. The bond contained $94 million to help the department build a new laboratory complex to replace several aging labs: Veterinary, Food and Drug, Structural Pest & Pesticides, Standards and […]

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Board of Agriculture gets update on proposed laboratory

Board of Agriculture gets update on proposed laboratory

Planning has begun for a new facility that would bring five NCDA&CS laboratories into one location, members of the N.C. Board of Agriculture were told at their April 14 meeting. The Connect NC bond package that voters approved in March contained $94 million for the new lab, which would replace the following five facilities: Veterinary Diagnostic, Food and Drug Protection, […]

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Q&A about the proposed NCDA&CS laboratory

Q&A about the proposed NCDA&CS laboratory

The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is proposing to construct a new co-located laboratory complex that would replace the following five labs: Veterinary Diagnostic, Food and Drug Protection, Structural Pest Control and Pesticides, Standards, and Motor Fuels. What are the regulatory duties of these labs? The Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory provides tests required for […]

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