Kansas Food*A*Syst: A Food Safety Risk Management Guide for the Producer
Kansas Food*A*Syst is a confidential, selfassessment program you can use to evaluate the food safety risks in growing and processing foods (both meats and produce) that will be direct marketed to the public. Foods can be contaminated in the field, during harvest/slaughter, during transportation, and while stored or displayed. In many cases, some forethought and planning will prevent or significantly decrease contamination.
We know water quality is important for food processing as well as for drinking, but have you considered the food safety risks if contaminated water is used in irrigating vegetables? What if the vegetable is lettuce—eaten raw and difficult to wash? Composted manure naturally fertilizes and enhances the soil, but it must be handled and applied carefully to avoid food contamination. It makes a difference when the manure is applied, how it is incorporated, and what kind of crop is being fertilized. Again, lettuce fertilized by manure has a higher food safety risk than soybeans.