On February 21, the Two Rivers Food Hub, which is located at 361 Queen St., Smiths Falls, will be having a special seminar that will be of real interest and usefulness to anyone involved in local food initiatives. Food regulation can be overwhelming, but it’s important to understand your regulatory obligations as you grow your food business.
This workshop will feature a panel of regulatory experts from Public Health, OMAFRA and Canadian Food Inspection Agency. An interactive Q&A will give you the opportunity to ask questions about labelling, transport, processing, food safety, and any other aspect of the regulatory environment that you need to understand for your business. You will have the opportunity to submit questions in writing if you do not want to speak.
Registration is at 9 am and is followed by a welcome to all participants, before the Food Regulation Expert Panel will begin the morning session with an Overview of Ontario’s food regulatory system. This will be followed by the facilitated Q&A regarding food regulation. Lunch will begin at noon, local produce of course, and the afternoon session will have the theme of Peer-to-Peer Business Support. In this session you can learn about the services provided by the Two Rivers Food Hub, and how other businesses have used these services to successfully grow their markets and fulfill their regulatory obligations. You will also hear from farm and food businesses that have used these resources to access new markets and reach their goals.