How long does it take to get Food Safety Certification? How much does it cost?

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  • Food Safety inspections must occur during the harvest, and if applicable, packing of the products you wish to be certified.
    • Products with differing harvest practices and timings may require a harvest follow up inspection to verify harvest/packing practices, e.g. strawberries (inspection in March) and harvest follow up inspection for apples (verified in September).
  • Inspection timing depends on inspector availability, operational readiness of the farm, and how early you submit your application.
    • Applications submitted well in advance of expected harvest allow for more efficient and effective inspection planning.
  • Your certificate will be generated shortly after inspection, unless there are corrective actions that need to be addressed.
  • Your food safety fees are based on acreage – full details on how fees are calculated can be found here.

 

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