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food safety

Resources for food safety laws

Urban Ag home | Table of contents Your Extension agents are a good source for questions about the food safety laws that may impact your farming operation. You can also contact your state’s department of agriculture. You might also check with your local food policy council, food hub or farmers...

Food safety laws for processed, “cottage,” or value-added foods

Urban Ag home | Table of contents There is no comprehensive set of guidelines to determine whether a product is “value-added.” The term, however, generally refers to raw products that have had their value enhanced through some method of production (e.g., popped corn, jam, salsa) or marketing (e.g...

Food safety certifications

Urban Ag home | Table of contents Urban farmers who sell fresh produce to large retailers or other distributors may also be required by those buyers to certify their fruits and vegetables through one of many third-party voluntary quality certification programs for agricultural producers like USDA’s...

State food safety laws

Urban Ag home | Table of contents States share regulatory authority with the federal government in many areas, but states enjoy complete jurisdiction over farmers markets and other types of direct farm sales, retail sales, restaurants, and many types of small-scale agricultural production and...

Federal food safety laws

Urban Ag home | Table of contents In general, federal regulations apply to all foods that are sold in interstate commerce (meaning across state borders) or foreign commerce, and states have the power to regulate most foods that are only sold intrastate (see “What’s federalism got to do with it?”...

Food safety

Urban Ag home | Table of contents Food safety is an area of significant legal risk for farmers, and a culture of food safety must be a priority on your farm. Although federal regulation is a large component of the food safety picture, particularly for food products that travel across state lines,...

Value-added processing for urban farmers

Urban Ag home | Table of contents For urban farmers whose production is limited by space or other constraints, value added processing provides a way to increase the profitability of harvest. When deciding what product to produce and sell, research your target market and distribution outlets to...

Food Safety Training For FSMA Produce Safety Rule Compliance-Garrett County

Thursday, Mar. 5, 2020 - 8:00am to 5:00pm
Garrett College
March 5, 2020 8:00AM – 5:00 PM University of Maryland Extension, Garrett County 687 Mosser Rd McHenry, MD 21541 To Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/garrett-county-produce-safety-alliance-grower-training-for-fsma-compliance-registration-71105940783 Who should attend? Farmers who... Need to...

Food Safety Training For FSMA Produce Safety Rule Compliance-Montgomery County

Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020 - 8:00am to 5:00pm
University of Maryland Extension, Montgomery County
February 6, 2020 8:00AM – 5:00 PM University of Maryland Extension, Montgomery County 18410 Muncaster Rd Derwood, MD 20855 To Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/montgomery-county-produce-safety-alliance-grower-training-for-fsma-compliance-registration-71106183509 Who should attend? Farmers who...

Food Safety Training For FSMA Produce Safety Rule Compliance-Harford County

Friday, Jan. 24, 2020 - 8:00am to 5:00pm
University of Maryland Extension, Harford County
January 24, 2020 8:00AM – 5:00 PM University of Maryland Extension, Harford County 3525 Conowingo Rd Street, MD 21154 To Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/harford-county-produce-safety-alliance-grower-training-for-fsma-compliance-registration-71104965867 Who should attend? Farmers who... Need...

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