Food Safety on the Farm
Food safety begins on the farm. Emphasis on management practices that limit pathogen introduction on the farm can strengthen food safety systems. These can include Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) for produce and biosecurity programs for livestock operations.
The WSU Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) Team has worked with over 950 participants in the Pacific Northwest through GAPs workshops. This program has been grant funded by the Western Center for Risk Management Education and the Washington Specialty Crop Block Program. Team members include: Drs. Karen Killinger, Craig Cogger and Richard Dougherty as well as Mr. Andy Bary and Ms. Colleen Burrows.
An outcome of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) involves Standards for the Growing, Harvesting and Holding of produce for Human Consumption. Educational efforts in the Pacific Northwest related to the currently proposed rules have been funded by Specialty Crop Block Grants in Washington and Oregon. A multi-state team worked to coordinate development and delivery of educational programs. The team involved members from Washington State University-University of Idaho, Oregon State University, Washington and Oregon Departments of Agriculture, Washington Department of Health and several food industry organizations. The WSU/UI – OSU FSMA team program has reached over 730 participants regarding the FSMA proposed rules.