The National Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) website has added farm food safety “decision trees” to help farmers identify risks and implement food-safe practices. Nine decision trees are available, including worker hygiene, soil amendments, wildlife management, and postharvest handling. Each decision tree includes samples of recordkeeping logs and standard operating procedures, as well as template farm food safety plans.
The purpose of the Decision Trees is to:
1. Help you identify risks and practices that reduce risks;
2. Prioritize the implementation of practices to use limited resources wisely;
3. Familiarize you with the terms and methods necessary to understand and follow requirements and expectations for food safety from buyers, farm markets, schools, and federal regulations.
Begin with “How to Use the Decision Trees” and reviewing the Checklist to identify which Decision Tree you should complete first.
When you are ready to begin writing your farm food safety plan be sure to check out the the How to Write an SOP document and Recordkeeping Sheets. There is a Glossary in case any terms are unfamiliar.