Many South Dakotans are dealing with flood issues following recent blizzards and record-breaking rain.
Once a raw fruit or vegetable is processed or not intact, South Dakota law requires that certain regulations must be followed in order to ensure the safety of the product
Health, hygiene and hand washing apply to all stages of production, processing and marketing. Ill food handlers can easily contaminate fresh produce with disease-causing microorganisms. Many of these organisms have the capability to survive on fresh fruits and vegetables for an extended time, from several days to weeks. Once the organism is established on fresh produce, it is very hard to remove.
Throughout the country and in the state of South Dakota, people are showing more interest in selling their own food products and starting their own business
Consumers who want to know more about where and how their food is raised are creating a bigger voice nationally. The increasing sales of local foods provides a bright spot for agriculture and a way to bring young farmers into agricultural production.
It seems rules and guidelines for growing fresh produce safely are constantly changing, as new laws and regulations are implemented each year.