Food safety practices for fresh produce at farmers markets target of U of Arkansas research project

Researchers at University of Arkansas will conduct market research to determine the safest, most efficient, and most sustainable practices for handling fresh produce at farmers markets. “The end goal of this study is to equip vendors and market managers with both scientifically-based and practical educational material that will reduce the likelihood of a foodborne illness outbreak” said Kristen Gibson, assistant professor of food science at the university.

While food production is not a problem for many people in rural Arkansas, food safety is often an unknown territory. Ignorance of the science behind foodborne illness could cause serious problems for the public at large, who may become less inclined to purchase local produce if they feel that their food is not safe. The University hopes that this research will make farmers markets safer and more productive.

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