Reminder: Keep Up With Farm Food Safety Practices During COVID-19

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Are you a grower in Hawaiʻi?

Then this website is for you!

This website offers information to help growers understand the practices to grow, harvest, wash, sort, pack, and transport most raw fruits and vegetables based on Good Agricultural Practices, or GAP. GAP are voluntary guidelines to reduce microbial risks in fruits and vegetables. Using these practices will help growers meet expectations for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Rule and audit requirements.

Our site is specifically designed to cater to the unique farms in Hawaiʻi because of our:

  1. Small to medium farm sizes
  2. Specialty crops
  3. And ethnically diverse workforce

If  you’re just starting to get your farm on GAP, please visit the Step-by-Step tab at the top of the page to get specific instructions and find some helpful information. Also, feel free to contact us with questions.

Managing Rats in your Home, Garden, and Farm

Taro PSR Exemption

For taro growers, distributors and processors. Learn about the PSR exemption for taro.

Vog Resources

Want to learn more about potential problems and solutions regarding volcanic emissions?

Safety of Flood-affected Food Crops

Here’s FDA guidance of evaluating the Safety of flood-affected food crops for human consumption.

FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act) Produce Rule

Please note: to be FSMA compliant, at least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). § 112.22(c) 

Comprehensive Compliance Deadlines

FSMA Compliance Dates

Rat Lungworm Disease: Managing Slugs and Snails Video

Learn how to manage slugs and snails in the garden (UH CTAHR Cooperative Extension, UH Hilo DKICP, and Hawai`i DOA).

Approved Wash or Process Water Sanitizers

Here’s a list of approved wash or process sanitizers from Hawaiʻi Department of Agriculture and UH CTAHR Cooperative Extension.

Approved Water Test List

Here’s an approved water test list from the Food and Drug Administration.

FDA’s New Food Safety Law 

Here’s a video overview of the rules from the Food and Drug Administration.

Produce Safety Alliance FSMA

Here’s an overview of the rules from Cornell University’s Produce Safety Alliance (PSA).