Practical Produce Safety (PPS) is a cost-effective strategy for growers to implement food safety practices that minimize risk while maximizing produce quality and farm profitability.
PPS was developed in 2010 with three Vermont produce farmers. They were concerned that looming produce safety regulations and practices were designed for large farms, and would be onerous and costly for small diversified farms to implement. None of these farmers were required to have third-party food safety audits such as USDA GAPs (Good Agricultural Practices), they simply wanted to learn about produce safety practices, write a produce safety plan, and implement effective practices on their farms.
PPS was created to help farmers implement produce safety practices in a way that fits their scale and available resources. PPS allows farmers to evaluate their farming practices through the lens of self-audit, closely based on the USDA GAPs checklist, write a produce safety plan, and then implement practices that provide cost-effective risk reduction.
The contents of this manual, beginning with the introductory "What Is Practical Produce Safety?" pages listed first, were carefully developed with a team of farmers and researchers to provide produce growers with the tools they need to get started with (or refine) their own on-farm safety practices.