Welcome to Michigan Farm & Food Safety
More retail and wholesale buyers are now requiring food safety certification, which means that a grower selling to that buyer must complete a food safety audit, commonly known as a GAP (Good Agriculture Practices) audit. This process requires a grower’s time to implement the changes and keep records showing that food safety practices are maintained, plus the cost of the inspection to be GAP certified. If you’re looking for information on food safety, good agricultural and good handling practices, including third-party certification or GAPs, you’ve come to the right place.
This site aims to offer growers with resources to successfully complete the process with resources to guide you along, including how to develop and implement a food safety manual and then completing an audit with a food safety certification inspector.
USDA GAP Certification
If you are a farmer looking to get USDA GAP Certified, follow this USDA Audit Verification Checklist. To pass with a GAP Certification, make sure you will be able to pass all tests with at least an 80%.
Free Safe Food Risk Assessment
If you are a farmer looking to assure safe food, without a USDA GAP Certification, use this Michigan’s Safe Food Risk Assessment - a voluntary and confidential food safety program for small, direct-market producers.
Develop a Food Safety Plan
Developing a food safety plan for your farm and living it every day is the most important step toward making sure that the food you’re producing is safe to eat. A good plan includes soil and water testing, sanitation and worker hygiene, preharvest management, postharvest handling, and much more, and keeps the records for all of these practices. Find out more about how to develop your own farm’s plan, what it should include and how to implement it here, as well as finding resources and templates.
Getting Food Safety Certified
Many retail and wholesale produce buyers are requiring their farmers to get food safety certified, but the process can be difficult to tackle. Chances are that you’re already practicing food safety on your farm, but having a food safety plan and keeping records are vital to getting that third-party certification. Find out steps you need to take to get certified, what kid of audits are available and who conducts them, and much more, here.