Food Safety Update
Act 106 of 2010 revised food safety laws to reflect modern food science, eliminated duplication of inspections, provided for uniform inspection requirements and updated other issues with the food safety law. The law took effect on January 22, 2011. The primary impact of potential concern to membership impacts farmers market vendors. Previously, the market master would hold the license for the entire market. Under the new law each market stand would hold a license, unless they are exempted (those selling raw agricultural products and pre-packaged, non-potentially hazardous food). In addition, the law has not changed food safety requirements for home food processors.
(click on 'Guidance for Farmers Market Vendors' to learn more about rules for home processors, farmers market vendors, exemptions from the law, etc) or by contacting the Department of Agriculture's Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services at 717-787-4315.