Located at the Food Innovation Center (FIC) Agricultural Experiment Station in Portland, Kovacevic Food Safety Outreach & Research Program (FSORP) assists Oregon and the Pacific Northwest’s food production and processing industries in addressing Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requirements.
Housed within the program are several outreach, extension and research initiatives supporting regional and national food safety efforts, with special emphasis on prevention and control of Listeria contamination.
Led by Dr. Jovana Kovacevic, the Kovacevic Food Safety Outreach & Research Program includes:
- Food Innovation Center (FIC) Food Safety Program
- Listeria Hub to Enhance Learning, Prevention and Research (Listeria HELPR)
- FSMA-related education and outreach
- Western Regional Center to Enhance Food Safety
- OSU Extension Topics on Farm Food Safety & Commercial Food Processing
We offer education and training assistance to food growers and processors, ranging from the beginner to advanced levels. Together with our partners at the Oregon State University campus and the Oregon Department of Agriculture, we offer programs that provide basic training in food safety, good manufacturing practices (GMPs), environmental monitoring programs, and advanced trainings needed to comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requirements.
The Western Regional Center to Enhance Food Safety is one of four U.S. regional centers created in 2015 to support the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)-related education, training, extension and outreach efforts. This partnership, led by Oregon State University, encompasses 13 Western states and territories of American Samoa and Guam.
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