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Food-Safe Farm Practices
Welcome to the Canadian Sheep Federation’s Food-Safe Farm Practices Program. This voluntary program, designed to meet the food safety challenges facing the sheep industry, was developed by producers and industry personnel from across Canada.

While you are probably already taking precautions to ensure food safety on your farm, this program, gives you the opportunity to prove to consumers how you produce food safely.

What is it?
This program examines all areas of production and outlines management options that are designed to minimize food safety risks. It is based on "must do" good production practices (GPPs). It also makes recommendations on practices geared to assist producers in producing a safe and high quality product. GPPs are operating procedures that promote food safety and production efficiency.

As a producer, you recognize that you have always been responsible for identifying on farm food safety hazards. However, with the help of the training session and the GPP manual, you will have the tools to anticipate problems and develop troubleshooting techniques to reduce risks. You will also be responsible for maintaining a simple record keeping system to monitor and document the effectiveness of your actions. In addition, you will set up verification procedures to prove that your control program is working.

A HAACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points, pronounced "haa-sip") approach was used to develop this program. What this means is that on farm food safety risks during the production process were identified. Then, control measures were developed to reduce those risks. The places where these risks could occur are called Critical Control Points.


Sources of on-farm hazards:
• Physical (broken needles)
• Biological (E. coli, salmonella)
• Chemical (antibiotic residues)

A Critical Control Point is a point, step or procedure where potential exists for a hazard may increase and where control can be applied so as to prevent, eliminate or reduce the hazard to an acceptable level.

What is it?
• Processing, mixing and storing feed
• Handling and administering medications
• Raw milk cooling and freezing


What is it?
Ensure access to markets – Food safety is a national and international priority. Other commodity organizations within Canada and in Australia, New Zealand and the European Union have developed their own food safety programs. The result is that there will be an increasing demand for suppliers who can demonstrate their vigilance in this area.

• Enhance consumer confidence –By consistently supplying a safe quality product by addressing concerns regarding pesticides, emerging pathogens, and antibiotic resistance.


How can you become involved?
This program is completely voluntary, however, the ability of the CSF to prove that it is providing safe, high quality products depends on Canadian Sheep producers being willing to participate in the program.

To become involved in the program:
• Attend a Food Safe Farm Practice training session
• Implement and adapt the program to your farm
• Monitor the critical control points (CPPs), through the use of records and GPPs
• Receive official accreditation


Record Keeping Forms
Please note that these documents are drafts and may be changed in the future


Section C — On-Farm Record Keeping Forms (v.1) - posted Sept. 10, 2003

Section F — Supplemental Dairy On-Farm Record Keeping Forms (v.1) - posted Sept. 10, 2003


How can you become involved?
For more information on program scheduling and other details contact:

France Lanthier
National Coordinator
519-824-6018
france@cansheep.ca
Food Safe Farm Practices Program Information and On-Line Training

 

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