Western Pa. workshop to look at risk for food businesses


MERCER, Pa. — Do you own a food business and worry about the safety of farm-fresh vegetables and fruits you sell? Do you wonder about what might happen if you need to recall your products?

The workshop, Managing Risk for Food Businesses, will be offered from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 8, at the Penn State Extension office in Mercer County, 463 North Perry Highway, Mercer.


Managing Risk for Food Businesses will teach the strategies and tools to handle business liabilities that food ventures face. Owners, including farmers who sell directly to the public, need to consider and adopt the appropriate tactics to lessen the liability associated with their specific products.

The workshop is especially directed to individuals who will be making and packing their products for resale (through grocery stores, open-air markets, or restaurants).

Included in the discussion are: Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)/Good Handling Practices; Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) planning; liability insurance case studies of the those well and poorly insured, showing the types/levels of coverage needed; allergen warnings; and proactive recall processes.

Registration (including lunch and all handouts) is $45, payable by credit card or personal check. To register, visit http://extension.psu.edu/events and scrolling to the Dec. 8 listing or by call 877-489-1398.

Deadline to register is Dec. 5 (or when the class is filled).

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