In this Issue:
  • Updates to the Florida Cottage Food Law
  • Friday Feature: The Gluten Free Issue
  • Salmonella Outbreaks Linked to Contact with Live Poultry
  • How Do I Legally Sell Beef from My Livestock Operation in Florida?
  • Where to Start with Marketing Fresh Produce?
  • Do the New Food Safety Standards Apply to Your Farm?
  • USDA’s Grass-Fed Meat Labeling Regulations Changed in January
  • Salmonella Outbreaks Linked to Contact with Live Poultry
  • Why Produce Farmers Should be Concerned about Food Safety
  • The Limited Poultry and Egg Farm Operation Rule Becomes Effective July 1, 2014
  • Food Safety

    Updates to the Florida Cottage Food Law

    Under the Cottage Food Law in the state of Florida, individuals can sell certain foods they produce in unlicensed home kitchens, if the food has a low risk of foodborne illness, as outlined in Section 500.80 of the Florida Statutes. These food products must be sold within Florida, they cannot be sold wholesale, and …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/08/25/updates-to-the-florida-cottage-food-law/

    Friday Feature: The Gluten Free Issue

    David Schechter is a news reporter for WFAA News in Dallas Texas who likes to get answers to questions people have on hot topics through video segments he calls Verify.  This week’s featured video was a Verify segment David produced on the Gluten Free craze sweeping across America.  David does a great job …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/08/25/friday-feature-the-gluten-free-issue/

    Salmonella Outbreaks Linked to Contact with Live Poultry

    Last summer the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported 611 people from 45 states got Salmonella infections from contact with their poultry.  This year, through the end of May 2017, 372 people from 47 states have gotten sick from Salmonella infections related to poultry.  Of the 372, 71 were hospitalized, and 133 (36%) of …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/07/07/salmonella-outbreaks-linked-to-contact-with-live-poultry-2/

    How Do I Legally Sell Beef from My Livestock Operation in Florida?

    You have worked hard raising quality beef and demand for locally grown food is increasing.  Perhaps you have considered selling meat from your livestock operation, but have found the regulations to be somewhat daunting.  This article highlights two UF/IFAS Publications which focus on this topic and provide answers to the many questions related to …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/06/02/how-do-i-legally-sell-beef-from-my-livestock-operation-in-florida/

    Where to Start with Marketing Fresh Produce?

    The local food movement has grown tremendously over the past several years. People have become more interested in how their food is produced and where it comes from. New farms have popped up to try to satisfy this demand. You might be one of these new farmers and you probably chose to take this endeavor …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/04/28/where-to-start-with-marketing-fresh-produce/

    Do the New Food Safety Standards Apply to Your Farm?

    If you are a produce farmer, you should have heard about the Food Safety Modernization Act, or FSMA, by now. This act, which was passed in 2011, is considered the largest update to food safety regulation in over 80 years.

    The proposed produce safety rule under the FSMA is very robust, establishing the minimum …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/03/31/do-the-new-food-safety-standards-apply-to-your-farm/

    USDA’s Grass-Fed Meat Labeling Regulations Changed in January

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) rescinded the labeling standard for grass-fed meat on January 12, 2016 in a Federal Register notice.

    The posting states “AMS has determined that certain services do not fit within the Agency’s statutory mandate to facilitate the marketing of U.S. agricultural products.” It also …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/01/15/usdas-grass-fed-meat-labeling-regulations-changed-on-january-12-2016/

    Salmonella Outbreaks Linked to Contact with Live Poultry

    There are currently four multi-state outbreaks of human Salmonella infections associated with contacting live poultry being investigated by the United States Department of Agriculture – Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As of July 1, 2015 a total of 181 people, in 40 different states, have …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2015/07/10/salmonella-outbreaks-linked-to-contact-with-live-poultry/

    Why Produce Farmers Should be Concerned about Food Safety

    The United States has one of the safest food supplies in the world, and it’s no coincidence. A lot of work has been put into developing rules that producers, processors, and distributors must follow in order to keep the food we eat safe. Even so, there are still plenty of instances where something goes wrong …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2015/02/20/why-produce-farmers-should-be-concerned-about-food-safety/

    The Limited Poultry and Egg Farm Operation Rule Becomes Effective July 1, 2014

    The long awaited Limited Poultry and Egg Farm Operation rule has been adopted. The initial efforts to change the regulations began in 2010.

    This rule establishes the regulatory parameters for a farm based food establishment. It is limited to the provision of whole shell eggs and dressed poultry products only.

    The final revised language of …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2014/03/28/the-limited-poultry-and-egg-farm-operation-rule-becomes-effective-july-1-2014/

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