Michigan's Produce Safety Risk Assessment Program
What is Michigan's Produce Safety Risk Assessment Program?
Michigan's Produce Safety Risk Assessment Program is designed to address the important priority of food safety for Michigan residents, and specifically to address the Michigan Agriculture and Rural Development Commission's interest "to ensure food safety of the emerging small farm/locally grown food community."
Of the estimated 6,500 Michigan fruit and vegetable producers who market directly to consumers, less than five percent participated in a formal USDA Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) audit in 2010. Michigan's Produce Safety Risk Assessment is aligned with USDA GAP requirements, but is small farm scale-appropriate to encourage more farmer adoption of cost-effective food safety management practices that can be implemented and maintained by those producers not currently seeking a certified food safety audit. View Michigan's Safe Food Risk Assessment (Safe Food A Syst) Brochure).
Who Should Use the Produce Safety Risk Assessment?
This program is especially designed to educate producers, evaluate on-farm practices, provide food safety technical assistance and recognize small/locally grown fruit and vegetable growers who follow safe food practices. A certificate of completion is awarded when a participating grower implements an action plan to correct potential food safety risks identified on the farm.
The program enhances grower awareness and adoption of safe food management practices, and is primarily an educational initiative.
Is Technical Assistance Available to Complete the Produce Safety Risk Assessment?
The voluntary program is delivered by trained produce safety technicians. View Conservation District Produce Safety Technician Coverage Areas.
Where Can I Find Additional Help with my Questions?
Contact Kristin Esch, Produce Safety Specialist, at 517-930-6592 or EschK@michigan.gov.