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Food safety begins on the farm: the viewpoint of the producer

Author(s) : K.E. Olson & G.N. Slack

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Consumers expect the food they purchase to be safe. Governments seek to provide them with assurances of food safety through regulation, but additional steps are needed to more fully address the issue. Producers are increasingly aware of their responsibility in this area and are working in concert with other segments of the agri-food industry. Hazard analysis critical control point-based (HACCP) quality assurance programmes are being developed and implemented at the farm level for most species, in many countries. These approaches will enhance food safety for consumers everywhere. Producers continue to demonstrate that they respond positively to programmes based on science and good management practices. The authors conclude that the use of HACCP programmes will continue to increase.

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