The produce auctions in the US are being assisted by The Food Safety Team with the process of developing a plan for food safety on their growers' farms. Each member of this team is a representative of a produce auction. Attlee Stutzman with the North Missouri Produce Auction is our state’s only representative. Other states represented are KY, IN, WI, OH, and PA.
This team has developed an excellent resource to assist growers. It consists of a booklet which takes a grower ‘step by step’ on how to implement a farm food safety plan. It is written ‘by and for’ small growers in plain and simple language. A three ring binder compliments this booklet. This binder has separator pages with preprinted tabs to aid a grower in sorting the different forms and documents they’ll need to have for their plan.
It is important to understand that this will not make a grower GAP certified. However, it would be a great way to start. If one follows this booklet for a year or two, becoming GAP certified would be a much easier task.
The Farm Food Safety Plan 'Guidelines and Procedures' and the accompanying 3 ring binder are available for purchase from Shrock's Produce Supply. The cost is $5 for the book, and $12 for the binder. This does not include postage and handling. They are sold separately.
To order, please contact:
Shrock’s Produce Supply
782 SW 90th Avenue
Jamesport, MO 64648
Voice Mail: 660-684-6807
REVISED: November 23, 2015