Record Keeping Assessment and Action Plan

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Guidelines for self assessment of farm record keeping and action plan to improve it.

Keeping records of all farm operations is very important, especially when it comes to food safety. With today’s complex food system, fresh produce rarely moves directly from the grower to the consumer, but is often handled many times before it reaches the market and is consumed. When foodborne illness outbreaks occur, attempts are made to trace the contamination back to the point of origin. Documenting manure use, water test results, worker health, worker training programs, building sanitation, and equipment maintenance may provide important data in determining the origin of the contamination. Showing due diligence is good business and may prove contamination did not originate on your farm.

Authors: 
Cornell University
Publisher: 
Cornell University
Year: 
2003