Food Safety – It means a lot of different things to the various stakeholders in the “Food Industry”. We won’t get into those differences too much here:, I will save most of that for a blog. But I can say what it means to a farmer – tremendous uncertainty, huge expense, and an incredible amount of paperwork.
But that’s the way it is, this is the system we work in and in which we do our best. And our best is pretty good. There is little doubt that American farmers are held to higher standards than most of the countries we import food from. We can hope the American consumer keeps this in mind when they are in the fresh food section of the grocery store. But it doesn’t hurt to remind them every chance we get either!
Anyhoo, it is the small to medium size farmers and packing sheds that are the least equipped to deal with the paperwork load and vague guidances that are part and parcel of our evolving Food Safety landscape. They can use all the help they can get. There are now some pretty good resources out there for helping these farmers and smaller processors understand the basics of what is “expected” of them. The resources listed here should be helpful for any business struggling with Food Safety issues, but are especially directed at the smaller operations. On this page we aim to list the best, simplest, cheapest (hopefully free!) resources available and we welcome recommendations for links and other information that we haven’t found yet.
Important Food Safety Resources and Links