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Food Safety

Food SafetyFarm food safety begins with Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs): the basic environmental and operational conditions that are necessary for the production of safe fruits and vegetables.

Farmers need to take steps to minimize pathogen contamination during production and harvest of their fresh produce. They should avoid side-dressing with manure, exclude animals near fields, promote proper worker hygiene in the field, test irrigation water quality, select irrigation methods that minimize crop wetting or allows for leaves to dry quickly, clean and sanitize harvest bins, promote cleanliness at U-Pick, and keep produce cool.

As consumers demand safer food, a growing number of retailers are requiring farmers to have independent, 3rd-party inspections of farms, certifying that their fruits and vegetables are being grown, harvested and packaged using Good Agricultural Practices.


Relevant Events

2017 Produce Auction Growers Production Meeting (Yates)

Event Offers DEC Credits

January 12, 2017
9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Penn Yan, NY

2017 Empire State Producers EXPO

Event Offers DEC Credits

January 16 - January 19, 2017
Morning, Mid-day, and Afternoon Sessions
Syracuse, NY

Farm Food Safety Workshop (Erie County)

January 30 - January 31, 2017
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
East Aurora, NY

Most Recent Food Safety Content

Crop Cooling and Storage

Robert Hadad, Extension Vegetable Specialist
Cornell Vegetable Program

Last Modified: September 29, 2016
Crop Cooling and Storage

On-Farm Cold Storage of Fall-Harvested Fruit and Vegetable Crops is an in-depth look at the planning and designing cooling for late season and winter storage but it also is useful for general cooling as well. This was written by Scott Sanford, Distinguished Outreach Specialist, UW-Extension, and John Hendrickson, Outreach Program Manager, Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

SOP for Washing Produce with a Bleach Sanitizing Solution

Robert Hadad, Extension Vegetable Specialist
Cornell Vegetable Program

Last Modified: May 13, 2016
SOP for Washing Produce with a Bleach Sanitizing Solution

This standard operating procedure (SOP) will guide you through the steps necessary to wash produce in a food safe manner. From calculation of sanitizer rates to washing procedures, many variables can affect the safety of produce on your farm. Use this SOP to learn how to use sanitizers in your produce washing procedure, for training employees and future reference.

SOP for Washing Produce with a Peracetic Acid (PAA) Solution

Robert Hadad, Extension Vegetable Specialist
Cornell Vegetable Program

Last Modified: May 13, 2016
SOP for Washing Produce with a Peracetic Acid (PAA) Solution

This standard operating procedure will guide you through the steps necessary to wash produce in a food safe manner. From calculation of sanitizer rates to washing procedures, many variables can affect the safety of produce on your farm. Use this SOP to learn how to use sanitizers in your produce washing procedure, for training employees and future reference.


More Food Safety Content

Material List and Cost Calculator for Building a Wash Table and Aerator
Video: Produce Washing Stations - How to Use a Germicidal Bleach
Cost Calculator: Three Basin Produce Washing
Sanitizer Dose Calculation Spreadsheet
Crop Cooler Storage Planner
Recommendations for Cleaning and Storing Your Harvest Containers and Tools
Video: Farm Food Safety as if Someone's Life Depended On It
Building an Easy Clean Produce Wash Table
Wash Your Greens: A Low-Cost but Effective Washer/Spinner Design
Food Safety Considerations and Design for Packing Sheds
Sample SOPs on Hand Washing and On-Farm Injury
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Upcoming Events

2016 Processing Carrot, Sweet Corn, Pea and Lima Bean Advisory

Event Offers DEC Credits

December 8, 2016
12:45 PM - 3:45 PM; complimentary lunch at noon
Batavia, NY

All are invited to discuss processing crop production in New York. Hear ideas and concerns from fellow growers and industry members. Your input is needed to set future research priorities. 2.0 DEC recertification credits available.
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2016 Table Beet Advisory Meeting

Event Offers DEC Credits

December 8, 2016
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM; complimentary lunch follows
Batavia, NY

All are invited to discuss table beet production in New York. Hear ideas and concerns from fellow growers and industry members. Your input is needed to set future research priorities. 1.0 DEC recertification credits available.
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2017 Produce Auction Growers Production Meeting (Yates)

Event Offers DEC Credits

January 12, 2017
9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Penn Yan, NY

This meeting will feature sessions on insect control in cole crops, disease resistant tomatoes and cucumbers, food safety and insect management in high tunnels. This is an opportunity to network with other fresh market vegetable growers, to review the season, look forward and learn about the direction of our auction.
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Announcements

2017 EXPO Program Now Available

Interested in knowing more information about the educational sessions offered at the 2017 Empire State Producers Expo? The full Expo program is now available! Expo dates, location, and general information can be found in our Events calendar. Online registration will be available soon through the NYS Vegetable Growers Association. 

Spinach Downy Mildew Now in the Northeast

From Meg McGrath, Cornell: Downy mildew has been found recently in spinach at several farms in the northeastern US. This devastating disease has not been confirmed in the region for several years, thankfully as it has been a major production constraint in California. Pathogens causing downy mildew are Oomycetes and thus are related to the late blight pathogen. They are similar in ability to produce an abundance of wind-dispersed spores capable of moving long distances and to not need leaves to be wet to infect (high humidity is sufficient), plus ability to devastate crops.

All growers with spinach should inspect their plants for symptoms promptly NOW and also in spring plantings to catch if there is carry over or new outbreaks. If downy mildew is suspected, please contact your local extension specialist and send an email to Meg McGrath.

It will be CRITICAL that all high tunnel and overwintering spinach crops with downy mildew be destroyed couple weeks before the start of the spring spinach production season in the region to avoid carry over into 2017. Read more


NEW! Pesticide Product Search Online

The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) Bureau of Pest Management has released a new pesticide product registration database. When visiting the webpage, please select the Products icon on the right side of the page to perform product searches.

This pesticide search database is replacing the Product, Ingredient, and Manufacturer System (PIMS) product database that has been hosted by Cornell University since its inception.

The new search database includes many added features, including site and pest searches. Additionally, updates to the product data and labeling will be reflected instantaneously. 

BMPs for Dickeya in Potato Production

Potato seed tubers harboring Dickeya dianthicola are the only confirmed source of this pathogen. It does not appear to be able to survive in soil (including in crop debris) from one growing season to the next. Consequently, rotating with a non-susceptible crop is not a necessary component of the management program.

Best management practices listed in this PDF, prepared by leading potato experts from the Northeast, are encouraged to minimize potential losses from Dickeya.

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