Inspectors enforcing the federal Food Safety Modernization Act will soon be coming to produce farms across the country. That’s why the Ohio Agriculture Department, which will actually be staffing the local inspections, is offering free “consulting” to help area farmers get ready for those visits.
Ohio Agriculture Department spokeswoman Ashley McDonald said farm inspection is next.
“It is currently in place, but the inspections won’t actually be set in stone and taking place until the spring of next year,” she said.
And, she said, the state will send a consultant, free of charge to any farmer who wants help preparing for the inspections that will touch on seven areas.
“They range from everything from health and hygiene, so growers and their employees washing their hands to reduce the spread of contamination, all the way to proper maintenance of their equipment and the tools that they’re using,” McDonald said.
Consultations can be scheduled on the Ohio Department of Agriculture, Food Safety Division website.