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Food Innovations Program

The Food Innovations Program goal is to provide the assistance needed for Virginia’s food processing industry to produce high quality, safe, and innovative food products. We strive to increase the awareness of Virginia’s food producers to matters of food safety, pertinent food regulations, and general concerns associated with starting a food business.

February 6, 2014

Our product testing services are temporarily on hold while we work to reassign key personnel. We are sorry for the inconvenience. However, you can still ask us your questions! Learn more here: Ask a question. Please check back with us for further updates.


August 2, 2013

FDA establishes definition for "gluten free" foods.

The FDA has determined that a food may be labeled as "gluten free" if it contains 20 parts per million (ppm) or less of the wheat protein gluten. For those who suffer from Celiac's disease, gluten can trigger the body to attack the lining of the small intestine, causing issues with absorption of nutrients which can lead to serious health problems. Up until this ruling, there was no defined limit as to how much gluten may be present in a food in order to claim it is gluten free. This final ruling will allow for standardization across the food industry concerning gluten-free labeling and allow consumers to purchase gluten-free foods with more confidence of what they are buying. Read the FDA's press release.

The Food Innovations Program offers food testing services to help ensure food safety and regulatory compliance for new food products entering the market. In  addition, we can provide nutrition facts panels for your product's label. By testing your food, our program can help to classify your sample according to regulatory guidelines and to determine proper processing steps in order to make a safe product

Update - 02/06/2014

Our product testing services are temporarily on hold while we work to reassign key personnel. We are sorry for the inconvenience. Please check back with us for further updates.

Do you have a question that you would like to ask a member of the Food Innovations Program?

If you live in any of the following counties in the Southwest District of Virginia:

  • Bland
  • Carroll
  • Grayson 
  • Smyth
  • Washington
  • Wythe

Please direct your questions to your Area Specialized Food Safety Extension Agent located in the Wythe County Extension office at 276-223-6040.

If you live in any of the following counties in the Central District of Virginia:

  • Charlotte
  • Dinwiddie 
  • Lunenburg 
  • Nottoway  
  • Prince Edward

Please direct your questions to your Area Specialized Food Safety Extension Agent located in the Nottoway County Extension office at 434-645-9315.

If you live in a county that was not listed above, you can submit at our form.



Contact

Joell Eifert
Director
Joell.eifert@vt.edu
540-231-2483