Food safety risks present a significant financial threat to farmers, and on-farm production practices are critical for reducing the risk of pathogen prevalence in food products. Recent food borne outbreaks in produce and other food products have made consumers increasingly aware of food safety issues. Recent federal regulations (Food Safety Modernization Act) are requiring farmers to implement practices to reduce food-borne pathogen risks. Buyer demand for 3rd party certification has also increased the need for food producers to keep records and follow guidelines for Good Agricultural Practices.
Confused about the difference between federal regulations, third party certification, and food safety plans? Check out this article…
This website has resources on:
- Washington State Food Safety Programs
- FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act
- Third Party Certification
- Analytical Labs for Water and Soil Monitoring