[Market-farming] New Cooler Construction

Todd Lister toddlister1 at gmail.com
Thu Dec 20 11:46:30 EST 2012

Thanks for that info Andy.

On Thu, Dec 20, 2012 at 11:07 AM, Andy Fellenz <artisanfarms at gmail.com>wrote:

> I went through GAPs certification in 2011 at the Whole Farm Review level.
> One of my coolers has a vinyl floor and the small one is built on an
> insulated steel floor.  Neither surface was an issue.  From a food safety
> issue, the bigger concerns are going to be that the produce is not placed
> on the floor (I store mine on inverted totes, which keeps it >6" off the
> floor), that all surfaces are washable and that a regular schedule is
> followed to clean the cooler and work area.  Another item which will be of
> concern is cooler temperature and regular monitoring of temperature.  The
> biggest change I needed to make as I went through GAPs was documentation.
> If your GAPs manual says you will do something, you need to have
> documentation showing that people were trained how to do it and then they
> need to document that they have done it.
> Andy
> On Thu, Dec 20, 2012 at 8:26 AM, Richard Stewart <rstewart at zoomtown.com>wrote:
>> Anyone running into food safety laws that might dissuade you from the
>> insulated floor that is wood and foam.  GAP talks here in Ohio are
>> happening every month and there is talk of pushing into legislation since
>> the OPGMA seems to have not gained enough support from anyone other than
>> large scale commercial growers/packers and very large buyers (even Whole
>> Foods Market is not requiring certification/labeling though has a place to
>> mark if you are).
>> Your floors MAY need to be built  something else eventually.  Just a
>> thought to add to the discussion.
>> Richard Stewart
>>      Carriage House Farm
>> North Bend, Ohio
>> An Ohio Century Farm Est. 1855
>> (513) 967-1106
>> http://www.carriagehousefarmllc.com
>> rstewart at zoomtown.com
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