NEW YORK — Gov. Andrew Cuomo launched a new certification program for New York grown products that meet safety and sustainability standards on Thursday.
The program, New York State Grown & Certified, will promote farmers who meet certain standards by supplying them with a stamp of approval.
“This project I am very excited about because it is one of the visionary projects that the state is doing,” Gov. Cuomo said. “It is going to work today, it is going to work even better tomorrow.”
Farmers who want certification will have their produce and facilities inspected by the state health and agriculture departments. Only farms that meet the state’s standards will be certified. The program, which is voluntary for farmers, will give New Yorkers the safest food on the globe to eat, Cuomo said.
“Food safety is knowing what you eat and knowing where it came from and knowing how it was handled. What chemicals, what pesticides were used, what antibiotics were used,” Gov. Cuomo said. “We have to be careful of what we eat, and we have to be careful of what medicines we’re putting into animals that we then eat.”
Cuomo also announced that New York will invest $15 million in a $20 million Hunts Point food hub in The Bronx. The 120,000 square-foot facility will create 150 construction jobs and 95 permanent jobs. It will include a farmer’s market, a cold storage facility for farmers and a food-processing center.
“The brand new Greenmarket Regional Food Hub will play a major role in healthier lives for Bronx residents, while also strengthening our business community and creating local job,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz.