Michigan's Safe Food Risk Assessment
For small, direct-market fruit and vegetable producers
Regardless of the size of your farming operation, the use of Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) is highly recommended to reduce the risk of foodborne illness. Using good production, harvest and post-harvest management practices that keep disease-causing organisms and other contaminants off produce will help ensure the wellness of your customers and the success of your fresh produce business.
Many grocery chains and institutional produce buyers have addressed consumer food-safety concerns by requiring a certified foodsafety farm audit from their fresh produce growers and suppliers. A number of public and private organizations can assist producers who wish to have a certified audit.
Your fresh produce consumers and buyers probably do not require a certified food-safety farm audit. However, you may be interested to demonstrate or to ensure your farming operation utilizes safe food practices. The Safe Food Risk Assessment may be for you.
The Safe Food Risk Assessment is a small farm, scale-appropriate voluntary program designed to educate fresh fruit and vegetable producers about food safety and to recognize those who use safe food management practices. Producers who successfully complete the assessment and on-site farm review will receive a Safe Food Farm certificate of completion that can be shared with their consumers and buyers. The completion of the assessment will help you prepare for a certified food-safety farm audit, but in itself is only a review of your farming practices and not the same as a certified audit.