Farm Food Safety Posters


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The Farm

In this poster, different scenarios are presented about daily activities that take place on the farm. Some of these activities include good agricultural practices to ensure on-farm food safety, but others represent a potential high risk of contamination. This poster can be used for educational purposes during grower training classes to identify activities that represent higher risks of contamination and to develop practices to mitigate those risks.

Food Safety Poster: Protect Your Health and Your Crop - Pitchfork

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Protect Your Health and Your Crop

Farmer speaking: ‘‘Should I wash my pitchfork before putting it in the barn?’’

Practices to ensure on-farm food safety:

  • Clean all your work tools and work clothes before putting them away.
  • Establish a rotation of cleaning. Clean green areas, crops, cattle areas and inside and around the stable.
  • Do not cross-contaminate. Wash and disinfect your tools and work clothes before moving from a work area with farm animals to the crop area.

Food Safety Poster: Monitoring Wildlife Activity

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Monitoring Wildlife Activity

Bird droppings

  • Consider methods to prevent and minimize animal entry using fences, noise cannons or other deterrents.
  • Reduce or eliminate animal attractants, such as standing water, cull piles and nesting areas.
  • Monitor and document animal activity in the field.
  • Do not harvest produce contaminated with feces. Check the area around the feces-affected produce and keep in mind that the splash can contaminate nearby produce.

During the growing season:

  • Monitor for feces and evidence of intrusion.
  • Evaluate the risk of fecal contamination on produce (tree vs. root crop, for example).
  • Consider past observations and wildlife attractants.

Immediately prior to harvest:

  • Monitor for fecal contamination and signs of animal activity.
  • Assess the risk and decide if the entire crop or a portion can be safely harvested.

Food Safety Poster: Tips To Avoid Contamination During Transportation

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From Farm to Market

Tips to avoid contamination during transportation:

  • Do not transport animals and fresh produce at the same time.
  • Before stowing the produce, make sure that there is no mud or farm waste remaining.
  • Do not overload the truck.
  • Place the produce in boxes or containers but not directly on the bed of the truck.
  • All vehicles must be in good physical condition. They must also be dry with no dripping or standing water.

Food Safety Poster: Food Safety at the Farmers Market

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Food Safety at the Farmers Market

Tips to keep your produce and your consumers’ health safe at the farmers market

  • Maintain potable water, hand soap, sanitizing gel and paper towels at the stand.
  • Use sanitized equipment for food. Keep bags or containers to pack the products after sale.
  • Keep food samples covered and protected. Store food items and containers at least 6 inches off the ground. Set up overhead protection.
  • Wash your hands regularly. Do not smoke, drink or eat in the stand or around food. Keep display areas clean and sanitized.
  • No pets. In many cases pets are carriers of microorganisms that can be transmitted to food through urine, feces or saliva.

Food Safety Poster: Protect Your Health and Your Crop  -Eating

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Protect Your Health and Your Crop

Practices to ensure on-farm food safety:

  • You should not eat, smoke or go to the bathroom in the field or nearby.
  • Hand washing must be performed with soap and potable water before and after each toilet, food or smoking break.
  • Do not eat directly from the field or orchard. The crop may be contaminated by microorganisms or chemical residues that can affect your health.

Food Safety Poster: Protect Your Health and Your Produce

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Protect Your Health and Your Crop

Farmers talking:

  • Hey, Jane! Remember that we have to wash our boots before entering the packing area!
  • Sure, Sam! I don’t want to cause cross-contamination after spending all day in the field.

Good practices in the packing area:

  • Always wash your hands before entry to the packing area.
  • If it is a requirement to wear gloves during grading, they must be disposable.
  • Replace gloves after every break.
  • If you have infected wounds, skin conditions, vomiting or diarrhea, avoid contact with produce as long as the symptoms exist.

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