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Tools for Writing a Farm Food Safety Plan
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Tools for Writing a Farm Food Safety Plan

Lee Stivers, Luke LaBorde, Ph.D.

Penn State Extension offers a set of templates, checklist and logs, to assist farmers of fresh fruits and vegetables in writing farm food safety plans. More
Understanding FSMA: The Produce Safety Rule
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This article provides a discussion of farming activities and types of produce that are covered under the rule, key requirements, certain exemptions and modified requirements for which farms may be eligible, and deadlines for complying with the rule. More
Produce that is or is not covered under the FSMA Produce Safety Rule Produce that is or is not covered under the FSMA Produce Safety Rule - Articles
Find out which produce is covered or not covered under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) - Produce Safety Rule. More
Making Cider Vinegar at Home
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Making Cider Vinegar at Home

Luke LaBorde, Ph.D.

Two factors require special attention when making vinegar at home: oxygen supply and temperature. More
Let's Preserve: Potatoes and Sweet Potatoes
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Let's Preserve: Potatoes and Sweet Potatoes

Martha Zepp, Andy Hirneisen, MA, Luke LaBorde, Ph.D.

For canning potatoes, select the “waxy” or “boiling” kinds. Most red-skin potatoes are suitable, and many white or gold round new potatoes with thin skins work well, too. More
Let's Preserve: Root Vegetables - Beets, Carrots, Turnips, and Rutabagas
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Let's Preserve: Root Vegetables - Beets, Carrots, Turnips, and Rutabagas

Martha Zepp, Andy Hirneisen, MA, Luke LaBorde, Ph.D.

Root vegetables must be processed in a pressure canner. They cannot be safely canned in a boiling water bath or atmospheric steam canner. More
Let's Preserve: Soup
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Let's Preserve: Soup

Martha Zepp, Andy Hirneisen, MA, Luke LaBorde, Ph.D.

The convenience of prepared soup makes cooking and meal planning easier. Freezing and canning preservation methods are explained. More
Preserving Soup Safely
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Preserving Soup Safely

Luke LaBorde, Ph.D.

Learn about safe methods for canning or freezing soup at home. More
Produce Safety Exemption Chart
Produce Safety Rule Exemptions Flow Chart - Articles Articles
You know that at least some of your produce crops are covered under the FSMA Produce Safety Rule. Use this flow chart to find out if you are eligible for any exemptions. More
Preventive Controls Exemption Chart
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You know that at least some of your food products are covered under the FSMA Preventive Controls Rule. Use this flow chart to find out if you are eligible for any exemptions. More
Food Safety Modernization Act - Preventive Controls for Animal Feed Rule
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Food Safety Modernization Act - Preventive Controls for Animal Feed Rule

Ginger D Fenton, PhD, Robert J. Van Saun, DVM, MS, PhD, Luke LaBorde, Ph.D.

Learn the details and find educational resources on the FSMA Animal Feed Rule, including videos and training opportunities that address requirements, exemptions, and deadlines of the rule. More
Food Safety Modernization Act - Preventive Controls for Human Food Rule
Food Safety Modernization Act - Preventive Controls for Human Food Rule - Articles Articles
Learn the details and find educational resources on the FSMA Human Food Rule, including videos and training opportunities that address requirements, exemptions, and deadlines of the rule. More
Food Safety Modernization Act - Produce Safety Rule
Food Safety Modernization Act - Produce Safety Rule - Articles Articles
Learn the details and find educational resources on the FSMA Produce Safety Rule, including videos and training opportunities that address requirements, exemptions, and deadlines of the rule. More
Canning and Freezing Questions and Answers
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The following are some commonly asked food preservation questions (with their answers) More
Food Safety Questions and Answers
Food Safety Questions and Answers - Articles Articles

Food Safety Questions and Answers

Luke LaBorde, Ph.D.

Commonly asked home owner food safety questions. More
Food for Profit: Price and Pricing Worksheet Food for Profit: Price and Pricing Worksheet - Articles

Food for Profit: Price and Pricing Worksheet

Winifred W. Mc Gee, Luke LaBorde, Ph.D.

This worksheet is a supplement to the Food for Profit: Price and Pricing fact sheet. More
Which FSMA Regulation Applies?
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Which FSMA Regulation Applies?

Luke LaBorde, Ph.D.

This flow chart shows which FSMA regulation your produce or food products are covered under. This is useful for all farms, processing facilities, and packing operations. More
Various gourds and squash in bins after harvest. Photo courtesy of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (cbf.org)
Keep Fresh Produce Safe Using Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) - Articles Articles
Microbial food contamination can happen anywhere. This article discusses ways growers can minimize food safety risks by evaluating their farm practices and implementing Good Agricultural Practices. More
Registration of Food Facilities Registration of Food Facilities - Articles

Registration of Food Facilities

Luke LaBorde, Ph.D.

The Bioterrorism Act of 2002 requires domestic and foreign facilities that manufacture, process, pack, or hold food for human or animal consumption in the United States to register with the FDA. More
Slicer Alert to all Fresh Mushroom Packers and Shippers
Slicer Alert to all Fresh Mushroom Packers and Shippers - Articles Articles
Mushrooom packers and shippers are advised to review their sanitation practices immediately with special focus on the control of Listeria in areas where product cross-contamination can occur. More
Shared Commercial Kitchens In and Around Pennsylvania
Shared Commercial Kitchens In and Around Pennsylvania - Articles Articles
Shared commercial kitchens, sometimes called kitchen incubators, are commercial kitchens where you can prepare and process your new food product. More
What You Should Know About Sprouts
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What You Should Know About Sprouts

Luke LaBorde, Ph.D.

Food and Drug Administration has advised consumers to be aware of the risks associated with eating raw sprouts. More
Proper Care and Handling of Fruits and Vegetables
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Follow the guidelines in this article to make sure that the fresh fruits and vegetables you’re serving are safe. More
Food for Profit: Registering Your Business
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Food for Profit: Registering Your Business

Luke LaBorde, Ph.D., Winifred W. Mc Gee

This article will help you learn about how to register your food business in Pennsylvania. More
Food for Profit: Working with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
Food for Profit: Working with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture - Articles Articles
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services is responsible for enforcing food regulations and inspecting food establishments. More
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