What are Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls (HARPC) for Farms?

Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls (HARPCs) comprise the bulk of regulations imposed under the FSMA Preventive Controls Rule. Facilities subject to HARPC requirements must create a food safety plan, administered by a “preventive controls qualified individual,” or PCQI. Preventive Controls Qualified Individual: a qualified individual who has successfully completed training in the development and application of risk-based preventive controls at least equivalent…

Maryland Resources for Good Agricultural and Handling Practices (GAP/GHP)

Maryland Good Agricultural and Handling Practices (GAP/GHP) Good Agricultural and Handling Practices are sets of standards developed to protect consumers and producers from food contamination. Many states have developed their own sets of practices, and these protocols are different for different farms. While optional for farms, many produce buyers require GAP/GHP implementation. These practices create…

FSMA Preventive Controls Rule: What Farms Need to Know

The Food Safety Modernization Act’s Preventive Controls Rule seeks to ensure that agricultural facilities have established procedures of preventing, and, if necessary, correcting potential threats to food safety. The Preventive Controls Rule applies to food facilities – operations that manufacture, process, pack or hold human food, and are required to register with the FDA. Unless exempted (click…

Regulatory Resources for Maryland Farmers

Because Maryland’s environmental health is uniquely dependent upon the health of the Chesapeake Bay, the Old Line State has numerous state-, county-, and local-specific regulations for agricultural producers. While these rules can seem exhaustive, we have compiled a list of resources to help the Maryland farmer ensure regulatory compliance. Maryland Department of Agriculture The Maryland…