Food Safety is a hot topic on the farm these days! Recently, legislation has passed that puts the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) in charge of reviewing farming practices--especially when fruits and vegetables are being sold wholesale.
What we are doing: We are working towards making Rural Resources a demonstration site for food safety practices. We are willing to share our experience and resources. Don't hesitate to give us a call and find resources below that have been helpful to us in our journey!
Food Safety Resources:
National Good Agricultural Practices (GAPS) Program: Cornell's Good Agricultural Practices website. It includes info on food safety and handling, research articles, and contact info for extension specialists.
Food Safety Begins on the Farm: A Grower's Guide (2000): This report reviews Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) focusing on how to manage manure, processing, and irrigation in produce. Contaminants such as e.coli and salmonella can be found in many areas, and this article describes how best to handle these potential problems. The authors focus on cleanliness and timing to ensure the safety of farm products and point to the recent nationally publicized food-borne illness outbreaks as examples of the failure to implement GAPs. Published by Cornell University, Department of Food Science.