When a Loudon County businesswoman needed some help to make sure her food was safe for consumers and she had the needed knowledge on how to increase her business, she knew just where to look.
“The Loudoun County Extension Office and Virginia Cooperative Extension have been invaluable to us in many ways as we’ve grown our business,” said a local greenhouse owner. “At one of the first classes I attended they talked a lot about GAP, or Good Agricultural Practice. As a food consumer, I was happy to find out all that’s involved in food safety.”
Virginia Cooperative Extension is playing an important role in keeping the food supply safe for consumers, as well as viable for businesses throughout the commonwealth.
The need for food safety regulation and training has increased with the amended Food Safety Modernization Act and the rise in popularity and consumption of fresh local foods.