The Produce Safety Risk Assessment Program
The VBCD recognizes the importance of local food and appreciates the remarkable variety of produce grown right here in southwest Michigan! In an effort to help promote locally grown food, the VBCD is offering assistance with new federal food safety regulations which will become effective in January 2018.
This free and voluntary program will give local growers the opportunity to have their questions answered and learn the best methods to protect both their families and their customers. The program provides a local technician to assist with the implementation of safe growing and harvesting practices on produce farms in Allegan, Berrien, Kalamazoo, and Van Buren Counties. This includes education, on-farm technical assistance, and coordination with local, state and federal agency resources to help produce growers reduce risks and make progress towards meeting the Food Safety Modernization Act requirements.
This program is for any produce grower; whether you have a tiny hoop house of herbs or many acres of grapes. Food safety doesn’t need to be complicated, we want to make it as straightforward as possible! The Berrien County Conservation District is in the process of hiring this position, we will be updating our information and contact of the new technician as soon as possible. In the meantime you can contact our MAEAP technician Kyle Mead to help assist you with any of your needs. Kyle can be reached at 269-657-4030×5 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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