Information on Food Safety and Liability Insurance
for Small-Scale and Limited Resource Farmers
CFSC works in partnership with organizations around the country to build the capacity of limited resource producers in addressing food safety and liability insurance requirements of institutional markets. This page features activities conducted and resources developed through these projects, which are funded through the USDA Risk Management Agency. This page includes:
Food Safety and Liability Insurance Discussion Group
The purpose of this email list is to network, share resources, and exchange ideas on strategies for building the capacity of limited resource producers to address the food safety and liability insurance requirements of institutional markets. Join the discussion.
Learning Community Webinar Materials
4/19/12 webinar: The Sodexo Supply Chain
Sodexo is a provider of integrated food and facility management services in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, serving 9.3 million meals in 6,000 locations every day. Sodexo's Better Tomorrow Plan is their strategic sustainability plan that includes "14 Sustainability Commitments", several of which touch on the importance of increasing local and sustainable foods and therefore supporting the community. In this webinar, Sodexo representatives reviewed specifics about food safety and liability insurance related to the Sodexo Supply Chain with two specific examples including the University of Vermont's efforts to increase local produce volumes and the Hotchkiss School's efforts with sourcing local meats.
2/9/12 webinar: Rhode Island GAP Program
Lori Pivarnik and Karen Menezes, coordinators of the Rhode Island GAP program, along with Dorothy Brayley with Kids First/Real Food First, discussed the RI GAP program on this webinar. The presentations included details regarding how the RI GAP program was developed, what some of the critical strategies were for making the program work for limited resource producers, and some examples of the difference between the RI GAP program approach versus the USDA GAP program approach. They also discussed what type of food safety practices have been challenging for RI farmers to implement on their farms and methods the RI GAP program staff have devised for helping farmers with these challenges. They detailed the relationship between the RI GAP program and RI farm to school programs.
Notes from Learning Community Conference Calls
2/16/12 Learning Community Call: Digging Deeper into the Rhode Island GAP Program
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Food Safety and Liability Insurance: Emerging Issues for Farmers and Institutions
Kristen Markley, Marion Kalb, and Loren Gustafson, funded through USDA Risk Management Agency: Community Outreach and Assistance Partnership. December 2010, 34 pages.
This report is a compilation of a year-long project to study food safety and liability insurance issues and offer recommendations that emphasize proactive and cooperative attention. If you are a cooperative extension educator, agricultural professional, non-profit staff member, institutional food service provider, or producer involved in the institutional produce market, this report will help you better understand the history of these issues, the challenges for small or limited resource producers, and options for addressing these challenges.
Download the report in PDF format [1 Mb]
Food Safety & Liability Insurance for Small-Scale and Limited Resource Farmers
Community Food Security Coalition, October 2010, funded through USDA Risk Management Agency: Community Outreach and Assistance Partnership
If you are a producer selling produce to institutional markets like schools, universities, corporations, hospitals, and prisons, your buyers may have special concerns about food safety. They may want you to prove that you handle food in a safe manner. They may require you to buy special insurance to protect them and their cutomers. This brochure explains these issues. Available in English and Spanish.
Download the brochure in English [PDF]
Download the brochure in Spanish [PDF]
Como Proteger Su Negocio Agricola y Producir Alimentos Seguros en Su Granja
Community Food Security Coalition, October 2010. Translated by the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT).
This Spanish-language audio recording provides the information in the above brochure in greater detail. It provides some background information on the history and current landscape for the field of food safety as it affects small and limited resource farmers. It also outlines the food safety and liability insurance requirements of institutions, such as schools, colleges, hospitals, and prisons and some options for addressing these requirements.
Right-click on the link to save it to your computer:
Haz clic derecho aqui para guardar el archivo mp3 a su computadora:
Como Proteger Su Negocio Agricola y Producir Alimentos Seguros en Su Granja [mp3, 44 MB]
To request a CD of the recording, email firstname.lastname@example.org.