Food Business & Regulation
Starting or growing food business in Michigan is an increasingly popular entrepreneurial activity. Going from concept to reality is possible by matching your vision with the educational resources and technical assistance available through Michigan State University Extension. Whether you are a specialty food business or agri-business industry leader, MSUE offers business counseling, technical assistance and specialized services customized to your business. Resources include assistance with business planning and information regarding both Michigan and federal food business regulations, including those who produce food under Michigan’s Cottage Food Law. Specialized services available through clients of the MSU Product Center—Food, Ag, Bio include recipe commercialization, packaging and labeling assistance and other services for product development and product launch.
Putting local food on institutional menus creates delicious opportunities to get the season’s flavor
July 29, 2014 | Julia Darnton | Beaumont Health System has embraced the opportunity to include Michigan fruit and vegetables on patients’ plates and cafeteria options!
July 29, 2014 | Phil Tocco | With the adoption of the 2009 Food Code, some changes in produce handling may be necessary at farmer’s markets. If you sell lettuce and other leafy greens, you might want to consider changes in handling to ensure quality and legal compliance.
July 29, 2014 | Phil Tocco | Risk of foodborne illness in leafy greens can’t be eliminated, but there are steps growers and farm marketers can do to reduce the incidence of foodborne illnesses in leafy greens.
July 28, 2014 | Frank Gublo | As part of an efficient recall plan, food processors need to assess the complaint and condition of the product.
July 21, 2014 | Andy Northrop | Hops production gaining traction in the Thumb counties for Michigan craft beers, tourism, and potentially food too!
July 7, 2014 | Diane Smith | Selling your food product to a high volume retailer means you’ll also need your food produced in high volume. Find out what a co-packer means for your recipe and how much capital you’ll need to determine if you are ready to go to high volume sales.
July 7, 2014 | Diane Smith | Consider how long of the shelf life your product will need, along with what labeling requirements are necessary for regulatory compliance.
June 17, 2014 | Phil Tocco | Risk of getting sick after touching livestock at a petting zoo or the fair is real and tragic. Nothing can be done to eliminate the risk, but there are several practical things fairgoers can do to avoid getting sick after petting animals.
June 6, 2014 | Karen Fifield | Increase family time through physical activity.
May 29, 2014 | Nick Baumgart | Find out more about environmental education and how values play a role in environmental literacy and decision making. See how educators use values as a way to teach EE and help youth better understand how to be good earth stewards.
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Date: Jul 31, 2014
Location: Midland County MSU Extension office, 220 West Ellsworth St., Midland, MI 48640
Date: Aug 12, 2014
Location: Genesee County MSU Extension, 605 North Saginaw St., Suite 1A, Flint, MI 48502
Date: Aug 20, 2014 - Aug 22, 2014
Location: Dairy Foods Complex - MSU, 1135 S. Anthony Hall, East Lansing, MI
- Affordable Care Act Roadmap
- Aquaculture Development
- Cottage Food Law
- Good Agricultural Practices
- Making It in Michigan
- Michigan MarketMaker
- MSU Product Center
- MSU Product Center – Food, Ag, Bio
- Seafood HACCP & Value-Added Fisheries
- Specialized Meat Processing Variance Training
- Tilling the Soil of Opportunity