It is equally important to know that the person who does the canning has the training and knowledge to do so.
To help ensure safe canning practices, the Mississippi Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion at Mississippi State University is offering two, one-day training sessions in November for the upcoming 2012 season.
“Canning salsa, pickles, and other acidified foods for sale in local, certified farmers markets requires special training,” said Paige Manning with the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce. “The Acidified Canned Foods Training for Farmers Market Vendors is a one-day workshop designed to teach the basics of food safety and regulations for processing acidified foods in Mississippi.”
Manning said whether you have a business that you wish to expand, enter new market avenues, or you are just in the planning stages, the Acidified Canned Foods Training will be helpful to you.
“Participants completing the day-long workshop and scoring a satisfactory grade on the exams will receive the training required for certified processors who process and sell acidified canned foods.,” she explained. “The training will be offered at several locations across the state. This training will qualify you for processing acidified foods that can be sold in local, certified farmers markets in Mississippi.”
The course will cover the Acidified Canned Foods Training only.
Manning said it is important to note that a General Farmer’s Market Food Safety Training is required for all processed food vendors that attend Mississippi Certified Farmer’s Markets. This training will be scheduled at a later date.
“However, if you have an updated and valid ServSafe Certification from the Mississippi Department of Health, that will suffice,” she said.
The Acidified Canned Foods Training for Mississippi Certified Farmers Market Vendors will be held in two locations. The first is from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 21 at the Forrest County Extension Center. The second is also from 8:30 a.m.to 4 p.m. on Nov. 29 in the Bost Conference Center at Mississippi State University.
Cost for the session is $100 which includes materials, refreshments and lunch.
To register for this class or for more information, log on to www.fsnhp.msstate.edu/farmersmarkettraining or call Manning at 601-359-1163.