When assessing food safety risks on your farm, it is important to understand current production practices as well as prior land use. Consider biological, chemical, and physical risks that may result from current and past uses such as animal feed lots or if the land was previously a building site or dumping ground. In addition to your own farm, nearby land uses need to be considered. Whether the surrounding land is occupied by private homes, animal production farms, wooded areas, or a bustling city, there is potential for food safety risks to be present. Contamination of crops, soil, and water has resulted from leaking septic tanks, runoff from animal production farms, and fecal deposits from wildlife that enter fields. Being aware of current and past field uses as well as nearby land use will help you develop practices that reduce any food safety risks that may exist.
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