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People have been processing and preserving fruits and vegetables for many years. If you are considering this as a business, the following information is critical.
Penn State Extension has several short courses and workshops for those who are considering adding value to products. These short courses can be very valuable to you if you are planning a value-added enterprise. You may even obtain certification in food processing.
The Penn State Department of Food Science has a web site listing their areas of research. You can find the most up-to-date information here pertaining to food processing, sanitation, and consumer preferences.
The Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations has a complete guide to preserving and processing fruits and vegetables. The information also covers marketing techniques and tips for producers of value-added fruits and vegetables.
The United States Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Service has grades and standards established for agricultural products including fruits and vegetables. You may also download a listing of the seals and stamps used on the products, including meats. These shields and stamps indicated the product has been inspected or sampled and have met the approved standards.
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