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Food Safety and Food Preservation

Produce Food Safety

This course is intended for fresh fruit and vegetable growers such as small farmers or community/school garden volunteers that are interested in learning more about safely growing produce. It will provide an introduction to best practices for the cultivation, harvesting, and transport of fresh produce. Topics covered include land, water, compost, hygiene, facilities, and equipment and transportation of produce.

Upcoming Produce Food Safety class: Call (404) 332-2400 for more information.

 

Food Preservation

As interest in home canning, freezing, and drying continues to grow, Extension offers information, you can trust to make your food preservation efforts safe and successful. Visit the National Center for Home Food Preservation for more information.

Interested in purchasing the 6th edition of UGA Extension's So Easy to Preserve book? Please visit http://setp.uga.edu/

 

Serv-Safe Manager Training

The ServSafe Managers Training is a food safety training program approved by DHR and includes 12 hours of instruction, a certificate from NRAEF issued upon successful completion of the exam.  To register, please click on the link .


Extension Publications
  • So Easy To Preserve (B 989) The 6th edition of this popular book is available for purchase only. The 388-page book covers topics on Preserving Food, Canning, Pickled Products, Sweet Spreads and Syrups, Freezing and Drying. There are 10 new products and two revised product recommendations in this edition. It's suitable for both new and veteran food preservers. Information on how to purchase this for-sale publication is available at: http://setp.uga.edu
  • Basics of Sausage Making: Formulation, Processing and Safety (B 1437) This bulletin is written to provide some of the basic information required to make various types of sausage. It is for those who enjoy good homemade sausage and who wish to obtain the greatest satisfaction from the trimmings and variety meats generated from farm slaughtered livestock or the results of a good hunt. The recipes listed in this publication collected from various sources and have been prepared and tested. They are suitable for beginners and experts alike. Also included is information on the history of sausage making, sausage types and ingredients, sausage making equipment and procedures, and food safety concerns and procedures.
  • Developing a Recall Plan: A Guide for Small Food Processing Facilities (B 1509) The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) defines a recall as actions taken by a firm to remove a product from the market. A well-designed recall plan will help to effectively locate the recalled product, remove it from the market, and locate the source of error in the product. It serves a guide for the company to follow if a situation requiring a recall presents itself. Recalls can be conducted on a firm's own initiative, by FDA request, or by FDA order under statutory authority. If a situation requiring a recall does present itself, it is in the company’s best interest to recall a product before an outbreak occurs.
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