Farm History and Site Considerations
Past land use and land use in the
surrounding area can pose food safety risks for fruit or vegetable operations.
The first step in assessing this risk is
to learn about the land’s history (if it’s not already known), and about
activities on adjacent and nearby properties. When reviewing land history,
producers should pay attention to a number of concerns, including the presence
of pesticide residues and chemical contaminants (whether from intentional
applications or from accidental introduction by floodwaters or other means);
the presence of livestock or wildlife; the application of manure and biosolids;
and the contamination with raw sewage, either directly or via floodwaters.
Concerns about surrounding areas include
operations that apply materials that could contaminate the production area
(such as pesticides and manure), and sites from which contaminants may be moved
onto production areas by wind, water, animals, or equipment.
Use the resources below to learn how to
identify, assess, and minimize food safety risks related to farm history and