The role of production agronomists and crop advisors in the Food Safety Modernization Act
While the unexpectedly favorable weather after Labor Day removed most of the potential for crop quality issues, the newly released Food Safety Modernization Act Human Food and Animal Food Preventive Control Rules will have ongoing impact on the grain supply chain from farm to user. Requests by grain users (feed mills, ethanol plants, corn wet mills, and others) for verification of hazard control are likely to become common. Farms and elevators will become a source of risk in users’ required hazard analysis. Most hazards in bulk grain originate in production (mycotoxins, diseases) which will make advance forecasting and monitoring by trained professionals an important element of risk control documentation. Mycotoxin management is an example of the supply chain preventive control that will be needed.