Local Food: Food Safety
Farm to Table: Building Local and Regional Food Systems
Farmers, processors and aggregation and distribution facilities need to stay up-to-date with new rules and regulations on food safety. Take a look at the links below for information on how to stay compliant with food safety regulations.
Fact sheets from North Carolina State University on GAP certification and insurance coverage options for vegetable producers.
This guide from North Carolina State University provides growers with a framework for them to develop their own food safety plans.
This website includes workshop/training and educational information on GAPs.
Food safety information for mobile poultry processing units or stationary on-farm facilities.
This booklet contains descriptions and photos of safe on-farm poultry processing practices.
Low-cost techniques that help farms reduce labor needs and expenses during harvest, wash and pack.
How food safety inspectors and small scale processors can work together to meet regulations.
The following resources, which were not funded or produced by SARE, contain valuable information.
A Farmer's Guide to Food Safety and Conservation (Facts and tips from the Wild Farm Alliance)
Grading, Certification and Verification (USDA-AMS information on fresh fruit and vegetable audit programs)
National Good Agricultural Practices Program (Cornell University)
On-Farm Food Safety Project (Create a customized food safety plan at FamilyFarmed.org)
Produce Safety Alliance (Updates, opportunities and research on food safety from Cornell University)
Small and Very Small Plant Outreach (compliance assistance and educational materials for meat, poultry and egg processing plants by USDA-FSIS)
How to order
Availability varies by resource (many are accessible for free online). See individual resources for more information.