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 Recall and Safety Notices

  • FDA recall and safety notices
  • FoodNet – “The Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network (FoodNet) is the principal foodborne disease component of CDC’s Emerging Infections Program (EIP).”
  • ProMED – Program for monitoring emerging diseases by the Federation of American Scientists.
  • 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). “
  • USDA recall notices

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


FDA regulations
Title 21, Code of Federal Regulations: 21 CFR 100-169 and 21 CFR 170-199. Sections of Title 21, such as 21 CFR 110.10, can be viewed and printed from the WWW at the following address: You may purchase 21 CFR 100-169 or 21 CFR 170-199 from the U.S. Government Printing Office or by telephone purchase at (202) 512-1800. FDA regulations may also be purchased at local branches of the U.S. Government Printing Office Bookstores.

EPA regulations
EPA regulations may be obtained by contacting the U.S. EPA/NCEPI, P.O. Box 42419, Cincinnati, OH 45242-2419. Telephone: 1-800-490-9198; FAX (513) 489-8695. You must give the EPA catalog number for the publication.

    • Electronic versions of additional EPA documents, such as criteria and supporting documents, are available at
    • National Agriculture Compliance Assistance Center. This is a joint project with USDA and it is collecting information on the environmental requirements that affect the agriculture industry. Has listing of best production practices and legislation.

State of Hawaii

Hawaii Department of Agriculture


HIOSH standards
Hawaii Occupational Safety and Health Division HIOSH standards can be found at

Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations
This department can be reached at:

US Government’s Gateway to Food Safety Information

US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

US Department of Agriculture

US Department of Commerce

US Department of Defense

US Environmental Protection Agency

US Food and Drug Administration

US Institutes of Medicine

Links and publications of interest

Food Irradiation 

Food Biotechnology

International Organizations Working on Food Safety

Food Safety in Food Processing Establishments and Trade Associations

Postharvest Handling Advice

Home and Kids Food Safety

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