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Food Safety Product Evaluation Request Form

Form to request a Food Safety Product Evaluation

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Farmers Markets and COVID-19

Farmers markets are a very important sector in South Dakota. The COVID-19 pandemic has raised a great deal of concern on trying to keep these markets open, while providing a safe environment for consumers to shop. This article is a guide to help farmers markets set up their operation in a manner that will best protect consumers and allow for continuation of operations.

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Food Safety and COVID-19

Many misconceptions have been brought up during the recent COVID-19 pandemic. These concerns have included questions ranging about symptoms, preventive measures, treatment, mortality rate, route of transmission and many more.

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The New Food Label: What’s new? What’s the same? When can we expect to see changes?

The Nutrition Facts Panel, commonly referred to as the food label, that we see on all packaged foods, will be updated on all food items by 2021.

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How to Make a Safe Nut Butter

During the last few years the popularity of plant-based butters has increased considerably. These plant-based nut butters have proven to be good sources of protein, fiber, essential fatty acids and other nutrients and may include soy butter, almond butter, pistachio butter, cashew butter, sesame butter, and so on.

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Gluten Free Product Claim Guidance

While “gluten-free” is a voluntary claim that manufacturers may choose to use in the labeling of their foods, FDA’s gluten-free food labeling rule specifies what the claim actually means on a food label.

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Food Safety for South Dakota Farmers Market Vendors: Regulations and Best Practices

Farmers markets provide a valuable market outlet for local farmers and allow consumers to purchase healthy local produce and other foods. To protect this key market, it is essential that food sold at farmers markets is produced and processed according to the relevant governmental rules, regulations, and guidelines.

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Five Steps for Founding a New Farmers Market

This information was developed to provide a resource of options for new or developing markets as they begin organizing their farmers market.

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Hydrated Doughs and Batters: How to Safely Handle Food Safety Risks

Making dough and batter is one of the intermediary steps on your way to enjoying great foods, such as scones, cookies, cakes, donuts, pies and more. This article will help you understand the food safety risks associated with food types that have a hydrated batter.

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Making a Safe Salad Dressing

Have you ever wondered whether a homemade salad dressing is safe when you’re eating it at your local picnic, potluck dinner, or at a family get together? In this article, we will explore what food safety characteristics need to be addressed to ensure that a salad dressing is made safely.