Food Safety Snippets
The importance of creating Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
Standard Operating Procedures or SOPs build food safety best practices
into your farm processes, help keep food safe and have a positive
impact on your business' bottom line. SOPs provide clear, step-by-step
instructions for completing daily, weekly and monthly tasks such
as cleaning, calibrating and equipment maintenance. Having a consistent,
well documented approach reduces the risk of a food safety incident
on your farm because all your staff use the same and proper techniques
You can use SOPs to train new employees, reinforce proper performance
of employees, provide proof to auditors that your business is meeting
quality standards and demonstrate assurance to buyers that you have
food safety best practices in place.
Farm Buildings and Access
Clothing, footwear and vehicles can carry pathogens between high
risk and low risk areas potentially cross contaminating food, surfaces
and equipment. Whenever possible plan your "clean" activities
first, followed by your "dirty" activities. This could
be as easy as using the tractor to move the compost before using
it to move raw manure.
If you can't alter your schedule, take the extra minute to clean
or change your equipment, clothing and footwear in between activities
to prevent the spread of unwanted germs and residues.
Food safety practices keep agri-food businesses competitive, productive
and sustainable. For more information, visit the Ontario Ministry
of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs website at www.ontario.ca/goodagpractices
or call us at 1-877-424-1300.