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:

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

  • – excellent site brought to you by the Produce Marketing Association. Food safety, biotechnology, recipes, produce descriptions – the works!
  • American Egg Board – food safety and eggs from the national industry group.
  • American Food Safety Institute – The American Food Safety Institute (AFSI) is the nation’s leader in food manager training and certification.
  • American Meat Institute (AMI) – AMI is the nation’s oldest and largest meat and poultry trade association. AMI is dedicated to increasing the efficiency, profitability and safety of meat and poultry trade worldwide. Has food safety info for meat!
  • Association of Fruit and Vegetable Inspection and Standardization Agencies (AFVIS)
  • Fresh Produce and Floral Council – has some very interesting data under “Issues in Food Safety.”
  • Food Marketing Institute (FMI) – “The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) is a nonprofit association conducting programs in research, education, industry relations and public affairs on behalf of its 1,500 members including their subsidiaries-food retailers and wholesalers and their customers in the United States and around the world.”
  • Foodservice & Packaging Institute (FPI) “is the material-neutral trade association for manufacturers, suppliers, and distributors of single-use foodservice products, as well as others associated with the industry. It has numerous resources available on the environment, sanitation, public health, safety, solid waste, recycling, composting or other issues involving the manufacture, use and disposal of foodservice disposables.”
  • Fruits & Veggies – More Matters – a non-profit of the Better Health Foundation
  • Institute of Food Technologist (IFT) – Founded in 1939, the Institute of Food Technologists is a nonprofit scientific society with 28,000 members working in food science, food technology, and related professions in industry, academia and government.
  • National Food Service Management Institute – Their mission is to provide information and services that promote the continuous improvement of Child Nutrition Programs, including food safety.
  • National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) – “A not for profit organization known around the world for the development of voluntary consensus standards, product testing procedures, and certification services in the areas of public health, safety, and the environment.”
  • Produce Marketing Association (PMA) – trade organization site.
  • United Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Association – industry organization heavily involved in food safety.
  • Vessel Sanitation Program – The CDC works to make shipboard food safe.
  • Western Grower’s Association – large industry group who is working on food safety.

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)