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What Is On-Farm Food Safety?

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Food safety begins on the farm. It is every farmer’s responsibility to ensure that the fruits and vegetables they produce are grown, packed and shipped in a safe manner. Growers producing raw agricultural commodities need to consider risks involved with their production practices and do what is prudent to prevent contamination of their product. Understanding required regulations and Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) is important for all growers, and for the health of New Jersey agriculture. This fact sheet will provide information specific to the production of produce typically consumed raw for both the Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule and third party audits. The Produce Safety Rule and third party audits are both based on GAPs.
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Meredith Melendez
Wesley Kline
Rutgers NJAES Cooperative Extension
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GAPs, FSMA, produce