Food safety is truly everyone’s business—farmers, value-added food producers, food hub managers and workers, and consumers. Everyone in the food system needs to work collaboratively, not only to keep our food safe, but also our food systems operating and communities fed. Your first stop for Food Safety Questions should be: the Alaska State Division of Environmental Health FOOD SAFETY & SANITATION PROGRAM
The Food Safety & Sanitation Program’s mission is to protect public health at regulated food, seafood, and public facilities. Our vision is to collaboratively work with these facilities to prevent illness, injury, and loss of life caused by unsafe sanitary practices.
Kimberly Stryker, Program Manager
Here are some examples of permits/ licenses that may be required of you or your food hub vendors
- Food Hub Permit – Alaska Food Hub example
- CoolerTemperatureLog (great for monitoring cooler temperatures to ensure safe holding of food)
- How to Direct Market Commercially Caught Seafood (2016)
Cottage Food Variance:
Online food hubs in Alaska are now eligible for a variance that legally allows the sell of cottage food products online. Learn more below!
- Understanding Alaska’s Cottage Food Exemptions (DEC)
- Alaska Cottage Food Regulations & Successes (2022 – prepared by DEC and AK Food Policy Council for KALI)
- Variance Request Approval Letter (2018, Alaska Food Hub)
- 2018 Alaska Food Hub Report to DEC/MUNI regarding Food Hub Variance
- Food Safety Training