Food is commonly found at agritourism operations. Even if food service is not part of the operation, consumption of food is likely, especially if children are visiting for several hours. Therefore, steps to ensure food safety is important for operations that prepare and sell food.
- The “walkthrough” that follows will encompass some general food safety guidelines, and also provide links to useful resources.
- All food distributed or sold must be stored, prepared and served according to local health department rules and regulations.
- Laws and regulations associated with food service to the public may vary by location, so check with your local health department to determine which licenses and permits are required.
- Resources that are recommended and/or provided are for guidance, and may need to be adjusted to be consistent with your operation and/or local rules and regulations.
Additional information on food safety can be found at the United States Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection website at http://www.fsis.usda.gov, from your local extension agent or your local health department.