Vermont Food Safety Stakeholder Summit
Food safety is an issue of growing importance for Vermont farmers, food processors, distributors, restaurants, food retailers, consumers, and many others. Therefore, the Vermont Department of Health; the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets; and University of Vermont Extension held a Vermont Food Safety Stakeholder Summit as the first step toward creating a state food safety task force to improve food safety from farm to plate in Vermont.
A wide variety of stakeholders attended the Summit. After brief presentations from the agencies that organized and sponsored the Summit, participants divided into five breakout groups to discuss the challenges, assets, and then prioritized actions to strengthen food safety in Vermont in the following areas: Dairy, Distribution/food hubs/retail, meat and poultry, produce, and value-added. Read the Complete Summit Report.
In follow-up to the Summit, a Vermont Food Safety Task Force has been established. In addition to those present at the Summit, other interested Vermont food safety stakeholders are also invited to express their interest in being part of the Food Safety Task Force moving forward. The first meeting of the Task Force is planned for June 13 at 10:30 a.m. at the UVM Extension Office in Berlin, Vt.; Preliminary Agenda for the first Task Force meeting. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-223-2389
Funding for this conference was made possible, in part, by the Food and Drug Administration through grant 1R13FD004168-01. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does any mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organization imply endorsement by the United States Government.
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