Wednesday, December 21, 2011

On-Farm Food Safety Project has launched!

HildeWe are happy to announce the official launch of the On-Farm Food Safety Project. The new online tool, developed by Farm Aid partner FamilyFarmed.org, helps produce growers create food safety plans that are specific to their farms.

The free tool offers an effective way for farmers to assess food safety risks and suggests customized improvements for the farm. To come up with a plan, a user is guided through a series of questions based on eleven food safety risk areas, covering topics from worker health and hygiene to animals and pest control. The tool also offers templates for record keeping and other food safety resources.

“Wholesale buyers are increasingly requiring that farms adopt and quantify best practices in food safety,” says Jim Slama, President of FamilyFarmed.org. “We created this tool in order to give farmers access to a system that allows them to meet the needs of these buyers, while minimizing risk.”

FamilyFarmed.org enlisted a broad range of stakeholders and technical advisors in the development of the tool, to ensure it works for both small and large growers. Farm Aid is proud to have sponsored the tool.

To start exploring the site, go to www.onfarmfoodsafety.org. We’d love to hear feedback about your experience!

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