The pending Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requires food system facilities from farms to points of purchase to implement new food-contamination prevention standards. The science based protocols of FSMA elevate to an unprecedented level hazard analysis, preventive control throughout growing and production processes, and health and safety controls in facility design and operations. Some estimate that 30 percent of Hawaii’s farmers could go out of business due to compliance hardships, requiring adaptation in farm operation models. The Base Yard proposal gives farmers a manual to create compliant facilities, and proposes value-added systems and processes that will ensure more sustainable profit margins.
Hawaii Agribusiness Development Corporation