Although the Produce Safety Rule doesn’t require a Farm Produce Safety Plan, it is still a good idea. Establishing a plan helps to remind you to to the things you need to do, to ensure a safe product. Creating a Farm Produce Safety Plan is an important first step toward reducing the risk of a food-borne illness on your farm. It is best practice for every farm to have a Farm Produce Safety Plan, regardless of whether any 3rd party is asking or requiring you to have one. There is no specific required format for a Farm Produce Safety Plan, it should be a document that is useful to you and helps guide your farm operations and decision making. However, there are many templates available to help get you started and make the process easier.
A Farm Produce Safety Plan can help you implement systems to prevent contamination and respond effectively in the event that there ever is a food safety concern arising from your operation. The link below will bring you to a Google Drive folder with instructions and easy to use templates that should make the process of writing a Farm Produce Safety Plan straightforward. In addition to the main plan template, you will also find a number of folder containing sample Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) that you may want to modify and adopt on your farm. Each of these templates provides guidance to create a base food safety plan as well as supporting documentation and logs.
When you first click the link below, you’ll find seven files that are numbered from 01 to 07. Click through them in order to get started. Also you’ll need to download all the files and folders before you start your work. The folder may look something like this.
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