By Gary Sliworsky
Ag rep, Emo
In response to heightened consumer awareness about food safety, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs has created a new user-friendly CD to make food safety practices easier for you.
The interactive iGAP CD contains the entire Advantage Good Agricultural Practices manual, plus tools to help you implement food safety on any farm.
As a producer, the iGAP CD walks you through how to get started in food safety, evaluate food safety risks, and what practices apply on your farm.
Advantage iGAP explains on-farm food safety in a simple, straightforward manner, with great resources to help you, including:
•Advantage Good Agricultural Practices to help you manage risks on your farm; and
•3-2-1 Assessment to compare your current food safety practices against best practices.
It can be tailored to any farm, and supports all food safety programs. It also features customizable procedure while record templates provide proof of your ongoing commitment to food safety.
There also are videos on water sanitation to demonstrate proper pre- and post-harvest water use.
As well, traceability success stories featuring livestock and crop farmers who talk about how traceability has impacted profitability.
Meanwhile, OMAFRA has a number of new workshops coming to a community near you beginning early in 2011, including Food Safety for Multi-Commodity Farms and Getting Started in Food Safety.
Visit www.ontario.ca/foodsafety for dates and locations.
As well, the Advantage Producer Checklist is a tool that can help you conduct self-audits.
It allows you to demonstrate to buyers what food safety practices are in place on your farm.
Check the website for the most up-to-date information on any of our products and services, or call 1-877-424-1300 to get your free copy of the Advantage iGAP CD.
Dates to remember
•Nov. 24–Rainy River Soil & Crop Improvement Association’s annual meeting, 7:30 p.m., Emo Legion.