Food safety basics
The Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT) and the Agricultural Incubator Foundation (AIF) will host a food safety workshop April 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the AIF, 13737 Middleton Pike (SR 582) in Bowling Green.
Food-related business owners, aspiring entrepreneurs and those who are producing a product to sell at markets and/or other retail establishments are encouraged to attend.
Food safety expert Shari Plimpton, Ph.D., director of industry outreach at CIFT will discuss the fundamentals of proper production practices, sanitation and hygiene practices for a safe, high-quality product. An introduction to the basics of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points as a method of identifying and preventing hazards that may result in the contamination of food will be included.
Many of the processing procedures will be explained within a kitchen-based setting at the Northwest Ohio Cooperative Kitchen, located within the AIF.
Ron Laubacher, of Oak Harbor, has been selected as a winner in America’s Farmers Grow Communities, which gives farmers the opportunity to win $2,500 for their favorite local nonprofit organizations. The donations are available through the Monsanto Fund.
Laubacher has designated Ottawa County Jr. Fair Livestock Sale Committee to receive the award in Ottawa County. An award ceremony was held April 2.