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Laura K. Strawn

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2016-2017 Mid-Atlantic Commercial Vegetable Production Recommendations Mar 6, 2017 456-420 (AREC-203NP)
Quick Guide to Understanding Food Irradiation

Food irradiation is the process of using controlled amounts of ionizing radiation to improve the safety and stability of food products6. During irradiation, energy waves break bonds inside the genetic material of organisms like pathogens and insects to kill them or stop them from replicating.

Sep 21, 2016 FST-241NP
Safe Handling and Storing of Raw Fruits and Vegetables

Fruits and vegetables are essential for a healthy diet.
Nutritious produce can be purchased at your local
grocery store or farmers market, or even grown in
your backyard. While produce is usually safe, it can
become contaminated throughout the farm-to-fork
continuum with harmful microorganisms, including
bacteria, viruses, and parasites, that can cause illness
(pathogens). A foodborne illness, often referred to as
“food poisoning,” can occur through consumption of
contaminated foods.

Aug 29, 2016 FST-234P
What in the World? International Produce Takes a Stand at Virginia Farmers Markets

Virginia is an increasingly attractive place for people
from other countries to call home. According to the
2010 census, Virginia had the 7th highest
immigration rate nationwide, with the greatest
concentrations in the Northern Virginia, Richmond,
and the Hampton Roads metropolitan areas.
Regional diversity broadens the landscape of
culinary options, both for long-term residents and
newcomers.

May 25, 2016 HORT-225NP