Food Safety is based on risk assessments: when risks are found, actions and practices help to reduce the risks of cross-contamination. A risk assessment takes into account the steps of production and determines if there is a physical, chemical or biological hazard. Is the hazard high, med. or low, and what process or procedure can be taken by the farm operations to reduce the risk at hand. To help evaluate and reduce these risks, food safety plan questions address these risks, and ask that a risk assessment be completed at least once per year.
Here are a few examples, some with options and ideas to reduce the risks that are sometimes found. If you need a food safety plan now, scroll down for a guide for where to get started.
This is a basic assessment in both English and Spanish. Can be used with any / all food safety checklists.
This list provides basic process risks by area or practice with numerical (1,2,3) or descriptive (high, med, low) ratings. Titles are cross referenced with Global GAP checklist questions.
This list is a more in-depth risk assessment by area or practice on the farm. Each section is cross referenced with GlobalGAP checklist numbers that refer to risk assessments needed. Each column carries suggestions, options and ideas to evaluate the risk(s).