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Food safety is an important program area of the UC Small Farm Program. The chain of food safety begins with farmers in the field, but continues through packinghouses, value-added production operations, farmers markets and other vendors, and ultimately ends with the consumer.
Below are some resources for farmers, researchers and educators:
Food Safety on the Farm
- UC Food Safety
Compilation of University of California food safety research from agricultural researchers and Cooperative Extension specialists throughout the state.
- UC Good Agricultural Practices
Compilation of information on GAPs, postharvest handling and food safety from throughout the University of California system.
- Food Safety Begins on the Farm: A Growers Guide (PDF)
This 28-page booklet provides an overview of good agricultural practices that can be implemented on farms and in packinghouses, as well as background information on foodborne illnesses related to produce consumption. Produced by Cornell University's Good Agricultural Practices Program.
- Gateway to Government Food Safety Information
Compilation of selected food safety-related information from various government souces. Site is maintained by the FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.
- USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
Public health agency responsible for ensuring that the nation's commercial supply of meat, poultry, and egg products is safe and correctly packaged.
- USDA Food Safety Research and Information Office
Disseminates food safety research information, primarily for researchers.
- USDA Food Safety Information Center
Provides food safety information and news to educators and researchers.
Food Safety for Consumers