MarketSafe is a food safety training program for farmers, food processors and producers who make, bake or grow products to sell at local farmers' markets, farm gates or other types of temporary food markets. MarketSafe was developed by the BC FOODSAFE Secretariat in partnership with the BC Association of Farmers’ Markets, and is supported by the Regional Health Authorities, the BC Centre for Disease Control, and the BC Ministry of Agriculture and Lands.
MarketSafe Online is a food safety training program for those that may not have easy access or the time to take the classroom course. It is a convenient, economical way to learn about your responsibilities and best practices in selling goods at your local market.
This program was created to increase awareness and knowledge of food safety and safe food handling procedures for farmers’ market vendors, market managers, farm gate vendors, home kitchen small scale food processors, and others who may make, bake or produce food products for public consumption outside of regulated food service establishments. As well as trying to protect the general public, this education program will also help individuals who want to sell their wares become trusted and successful vendors.
Price: $68.50, Prospective Instructors: $103.50
If you are interested in becoming a MarketSafe face-to-face instructor in the future:
You may self-identify as a potential instructor when you register for the course. If you do so, you will need to select or find an exam supervisor who is prepared to release the exam to you from a secure location, and establish a date for writing the exam.
You must score 90% or higher on the final exam to be considered as an instructor.
*NOTE: Receiving a mark of 90% or higher on the exam is only one of a series of criteria that must be met to become an instructor, and which are set by your local Health Authority.
The cost is higher for the instance of the course with an exam supervisor, to cover the cost of supervision.
If you are not interested in becoming a MarketSafe face-to-face instructor in the future:
You will be prompted to complete the MarketSafe final exam online at the end the course, at regular cost.
You must score 70% or higher on the final exam in order to pass the course.
Whichever instance of the final exam you end up writing, and whatever score you get on the exam, your marks will be recorded in the MarketSafe Registry. If you receive a score of 70% or higher, you will receive a certificate of completion for the course.
- Promotes a culture of food safety in home kitchens, farm gate stalls, and farmers’ markets
- Leaves learners with a positive and enthusiastic impression of food safety
- Offers authenticity in its examples and case studies
- Illustrates best practices
- Represents both urban and remote/rural contexts for case studies/examples to illustrate key concepts
MarketSafe Online enhances and
updates existing course materials through:
- Photographs and video featuring footage from farmers’ markets
- Interviews with an environmental health officer, market managers, market vendors, and a market customer
- Interactive multimedia and self-correcting quizzes
- Best Practices: Baked Goods
- Best Practices: Control Measures
- Best Practices: Fresh Produce
- Best Practices: Home Kitchen
- Best Practices: Prepared Food
- Best Practices: Sampling
- Best Practices: Storage
- Hand Washing
- Market Customers’ Food Safety Concerns
- The Role of an EHO
- Why Market Food Safety is Important
- Working with a Health Authority
Interactive multimedia resources help illustrate and address:
- Who’s responsible for food safety?
- Chemical and Physical Hazards
- Cycle of Transmission of Contaminants
- Food Safety from Gate to Plate
- Preparing jam in a home kitchen
MarketSafe Online Course Structure:
Unit 1: The Causes of Foodborne Illness
Lesson A: Causes of Food Contamination
Unit 2: Personal Hygiene
Lesson A: Essentials of Personal Hygiene
Unit 3: Food Safety from Gate to Plate
Lesson A: From the Gate to the Plate