Food-Safe Farm Practices
to the Canadian Sheep Federations 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.
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
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
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
Processing, mixing and storing feed
Handling and administering medications
Raw milk cooling and freezing
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.
can you become involved?
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
note that these documents are drafts and may be changed in the future
C On-Farm Record Keeping Forms (v.1)
- posted Sept. 10, 2003
F Supplemental Dairy On-Farm Record Keeping Forms
posted Sept. 10, 2003
can you become involved?
more information on program scheduling and other details contact:
Food Safe Farm Practices Program
Information and On-Line Training