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Whether it’s a new
food business in Alabama looking for assistance with its nutrition labeling or
a farmer who wants to sell value-added products made from his orchards, they
have an ally in the Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s Food Safety and
While the team is now based in Auburn University’s College
of Agriculture and sporting a more user friendly name, its mission has not
“Our goal is to help everyone from individuals to farmers to
the food industry develop the knowledge and skills to ensure a safe food
supply,” said Dr. Jean Weese, Food Safety and Quality team leader.
Weese, who is also a professor in Auburn University’s
Department of Poultry and Food Science, said nine regional Extension agents stationed
throughout the state deliver a number of
programs that are always in high demand.
Dr. Paul Brown, associate director of Alabama Extension,
said that the Food Safety and Quality Team fulfills a number of critical needs.
“The team is providing specialized educational programs and
counseling services to food entrepreneurs, marketers of farm-raised products, home-based value-added businesses and others involved in Alabama’s expanding
local foods industry,” said Brown.
“Basing the team in the College of Agriculture’s Department of Poultry
and Food Science will foster closer working partnerships with university
researchers in food processing and safety.
“We look forward to expanding the team’s programming efforts
and its ability to serve the farmers and food-based businesses here in
If you are interested in learning more about how the Food
Safety and Quality team can assist you, visit the team’s website at http://www.aces.edu/fcs/fspp/ . You will find links to the team’s program
offerings as well as how to identify the regional Extension agent serving your
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