Food Safety – on farm

Posted on Jan 31, 2013 in Ag Resources

Food quality and safety is of growing interest to consumers and thus to regulators. The United States Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration are leading the way with on-farm and processing guidelines. Here are some links to bring you up to speed on these issues.

Food Safety Websites:

  • FDA recall and safety notices
  • USDA  – Food Safety Inspection Service – Recall Notices
  • FoodNet – “The Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network (FoodNet) is the principal foodborne disease component of CDC’s Emerging Infections Program (EIP).”
  • PulseNet – “is a national network of public health laboratories that performs DNA “fingerprinting” on bacteria that may be foodborne. The network permits rapid comparison of these “fingerprint” patterns through an electronic database at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The DNA “fingerprinting” method is called pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE). “

Regulations every food producer and processor needs to be familiar with.

Federal – Gateway for federal food safety information

OSHA Standards for Agriculture

EPA Regulations for Agriculture

State of Hawaii

Hawaii Department of Agriculture

Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations – HIOSH standards
Hawaii Occupational Safety and Health Division HIOSH standards may be found at

Hawaii Department of Health


US Department of Agriculture

US Department of Commerce

US Department of Defense

  • U.S. Army Institute of Public Health – technical elements of the command provide a full suite of public health services and mission capabilities.
  • U.S. Army Veterinary Command (VETCOM) – The United States Army Veterinary Command (VETCOM) provides military veterinary services in support of United States Army Medical Command (MEDCOM) and Department of Defense (DOD) missions in their areas of responsibility. The responsibilities of VETCOM include food safety and quality assurance, care of government owned animals, and animal disease prevention and control.

US Environmental Protection Agency

US Food and Drug Administration


Links and publications of interest


Food Safety in Food Processing Establishments and Trade Associations

Postharvest Handling Advice

Home and Kids Food Safety

  • KidsWorld Food Safety – A fun site for kids brought to you by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services.

Third-party food safety auditing companies (this is not an endorsement of any kind)