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Food Safety for Farmers

Produce encounters many opportunities to become contaminated as it makes its way from field to market. Such risks are inherent to every farming operation, regardless of scale. Whether your farm is required to comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), participates in a voluntary 3rd-party-certified food safety program, such as Commonwealth Quality or USDA Harmonized GAP, or neither of the above, it is essential that good agricultural practices be followed to ensure that any risk of microbial contamination is minimized.

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General Food Safety Info

General Information on food safety topics and good agricultural practices


Voluntary programs for obtaining food safety certification


Regulatory requirements



Lisa McKeag
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This website is supported by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award (U2FFD007426, Path C The Maintenance & Expansion of the Produce Safety Program in Massachusetts) totaling $600,500 with 100 percent funded by FDA/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by FDA/HHS, or the U.S. Government.


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