Having a written history of current and prior land uses is critical

Having a written history of current and prior land uses is critical to identifying food safety risks and developing a food safety plan. Although the farm owner or manager may intuitively know this information, not all workers may be aware of the farm's history and current land uses which could potentially pose food safety risks during the production of fresh produce. Providing a written history allows the farm to review its practices annually or as conditions change on the farm. Written assessments of land use may also be required for some third party food safety audits. This decision tree will walk you through evaluating various situations, both past and present, which may affect the safety of produce. Use the Land Use Risk Assessment Log and Land Use Risk Assessment SOPs. After you have identified any previous land uses that may pose risks, evaluate how the land is currently being used and whether those uses may pose food safety risks to the crop.

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