The U.S Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced 28 grants to address the needs of new farmers, small to mid-sized farms, small processors and small fresh fruit and vegetable wholesalers. NIFA’s Food Safety Outreach Program (FSOP) facilitates the integration of the Food Safety Modernization Act food safety guidelines into a variety of agricultural production and processing systems.
Among the recipients was the University of Florida for their work on enhancing food safety practices in shared-use kitchens. Their innovative program will develop a curriculum for food safety and regulatory needs of food entrepreneurs operating out of shared-use kitchens.
“Food safety is a crucial issue for Florida consumers, especially as shared-use kitchen facilities have spread throughout the state. This innovative USDA/NIFA program will help our faculty address the needs of new food entrepreneurs in Florida by providing hands-on workshops on food safety and food regulations,” said Dr. Robert Gilbert, UF’s dean for research and the director of the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station.Learn more about USDA Awards Grant to UF for Food Safety in Shared-Use Kitchens.