FST-280NP (FST-364P)

Authors as Published

Renee Boyer, Food Safety Extension Specialist and Professor, Virginia Tech; Joell A. Eifert, Director, Food Innovations Program, Virginia Tech; and Thomas Saunders, Food Safety Extension Associate, Virginia Tech

This publication is available in a PDF file format only.

Often understanding the steps needed to prepare foods for sale in the direct market such as Farmers Markets can be complex.  Regulations and steps for producing foods safely can vary greatly depending on the food product. d This fact sheet provides detailed steps on how to safely prepare and sell pre-packaged refrigerated or frozen meals in the local market.  Additionally, the steps a food producer preparing these types of meals needs to take to in order to become approved through the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to sell these products is outlined. 

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Publication Date

June 9, 2020