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November 9, 2020
Why Recycling Single Use Produce Containers Could be Problematic
Phil Tocco
Michigan State University Extension Educator
Despite seeming to make economic and ecological sense, there are potential issues that make reusing single use fruit and vegetable boxes and bins for other produce sales a food safety risk.

For a small or mid-sized fruit and vegetable grower, reusing produce containers designed for single use, like waxed boxes and cardboard bins, sounds like a good idea both economically and ecologically. Unfortunately, there are potential issues that make reuse a food safety risk. Here are four issues that revolve around traceability, storage between uses, and the law.
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The Places where Produce Safety and Urban Farming Meet
This episode features Erin Caudell, a farmer in Flint Michigan and owner of a grocery store known as The Local Grocer, and Micah Hutchinson, a Produce Safety Technician with the Genesee Conservation District. They discuss both the benefits and challenges that are unique to urban agriculture, along with how produce safety may differ on urban farms. 
FREE Produce Safety Trainings for Growers!
Michigan State University Extension recently announced a FREE, three-week produce safety training course designed specifically for farm supervisors

Two courses will be offered in 2021!

The Michigan On-Farm Produce Safety team will offer six FREE Online Produce Safety Rule Grower Trainings this fall and winter.

Pre-registration is required and space is limited.

Michigan On-Farm Produce Safety Team
1715 Lansing Ave, Jackson, MI 49202 | MSU Extension MACD Produce Safety Technicians
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