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Food Safety Planning Down on the Farm: Examples from Ohio Certified Organic Farms

Need a helping hand with food safety planning? We can help!

This report can help you understand what it means to develop a farm food safety plan and meet new federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety rules.

Food Safety Planning Down on the Farm: Examples from Ohio Certified Organic Farms features case studies of eight vegetable and fruit farms of various scales and serving diverse markets.
  
The publication identifies challenges that these farms faced in developing their own food safety plans and explores what changes they made to reduce their risk.
  
Whether or not you are certified organic, we hope you'll see yourself in these profiles, be able to take away new ideas, and feel less intimidated by food safety planning and costs.
  
To request a printed copy, please call (614) 421-2022.
   
This publication was financed through a grant from the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) under the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) provisions. This is a USDA SCBGP-supported publication. Its contents are the sole responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the USDA. 

Food Safety Planning Resources

Food Safety Planning Resource Binder—13 templates, samples, checklists and other resources for developing your farm's food safety plan

FSMA Produce Safety Rule 21 CFR 112
Complete text of the Food and Drug Administration federal law

Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)/Good Handling Practices (GHP) Harmonized Food Safety Standard
One code of standards that is compliant with FSMA, with an established auditing process

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) Food Safety WebpageHelpful guidance documents and resources

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Guidance
Resources and update postings throughout the FSMA implementation period

FDA FSMA Technical Assistance Network (TAN)
Post questions and receive answers directly from the FDA. The site includes an archive of previous answers and established precedents

Produce Safety Alliance
Accredited growers training classes and helpful resources

North Central Region Center for FSMA Training, Extension, and Technical Assistance
Connect with resources and food safety experts

Local Food Safety Collaborative
Accredited growers training classes and helpful resources

USDA Harmonized Audit
Example of an audit review form aligned with the Harmonized Standard

USDA Field Operations and Harvesting Checklist
Self-assessment checklist used in developing a Food Safety Plan covering production and harvest operations

USDA Post-Harvest Operations Checklist
Self-assessment checklist used in developing a Food Safety Plan covering post-harvest operations


For more information, call (614) 421-2022 or visit OEFFA's Food Safety webpage.

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