What does the Law say? How to meet legal requirements for handling, processing, and selling plant products in Kansas
by Tracey Graham
Whole, uncut, fresh fruits and vegetables are not subject to any regulations in Kansas, but foods that are “handled” or “processed” do need to follow a set of legal guidelines. According to the Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA), “food handling” refers to anything you do to any kind of food. This includes all forms of food processing as well as serving, transportation and storage. “Food processing” refers to anything that alters food from one form to another. This includes washing, packaging, cutting, cooking, canning, dehydrating, freezing, roasting, juicing, etc.
For an outline and resource guide for regulations governing the handling and processing of plant based food products in Kansas, CLICK HERE to print or download the Kansas Rural Center’s resource document ‘Handling and Processing Plant Products in Kansas‘.
This resource document is an excerpt from Finding Your Niche, A Marketing Guide for Kansas Farms, published in January 2013 by the Kansas Rural Center. You may CLICK HERE to view the guide’s full Table of Contents and print or download other resource documents. Finding Your Niche: A Marketing Guide for Kansas Farms offers a great starting point for envisioning the potential your farm has to increase and respond to local demand.
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