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Disaster Preparedness: Food Safety

Hello Guilford County, The days are drawing near for North Carolinas Coast to have its encounter with Hurricane Dorian. We …

Picture of homemade and homecanned salsa.

Canning with Cooperative Extension

Canning is a safe, economical way to preserve quality food at home. Canning interrupts the normal spoiling and decaying …

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Fire Ant Quarantine Area Expanding

Quarantine area for the imported fire ant expanding to include all of Davidson, Orange, and Vance Counties RALEIGH – The …

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Local Food Guide!

This Local Food Guide is designed to make consumers aware of the benefits of buying and eating local food …

Recent Publications related to Food Safety & Processing

Starch iodine staining pattern used to determine apple maturity.

Maximizing Your SmartFresh℠ Investments

SmartFresh℠ (1-methylcyclopropene, MCP) is a relatively new tool for postharvest management of apples. In 2002, …

Figure 2. Fitting the top in place.

Cool and Ship: A Low-Cost, Portable Forced-Air Cooling Unit

This publication gives instruction for building and using an inexpensive postharvest cooling system. The cool …

Figure 1. The effects of temperature on the growth of Monolinia

Chlorination and Postharvest Disease Control

At present, chlorination is one of the few chemical options available to help manage postharvest …

Figure 1. Liquid icing single cartons of produce.

Crushed and Liquid Ice Cooling

This publication is intended to help growers, packers, and shippers of fresh produce make informed …

Figure 1. Typical conventional hydrocooler.

Hydrocooling

This publication is intended to help growers, packers, and shippers of fresh produce make informed …

Figure 1. Cooling time for various airflow rates.

Forced-Air Cooling

This publication covers the characteristics and benefits of forced-air cooling to cool fresh produce to …

Figure 1. Common produce packages.

Design of Room Cooling Facilities: Structural & Energy Requirements

Proper temperature control is essential to protecting the quality of fresh produce. By constructing and …

Figure 1. Room cooling.

Proper Postharvest Cooling and Handling Methods

This publication provides information on cooling basics, common produce cooling methods and other steps for …