Your facility keeps you busy. You know what you’re doing, and you don’t need to read through 2000 words about Food Safety 101. You want to cut out the junk and jump right to what’s actually useful. That’s where this article comes in.
This guide includes 5 websites every food industry professional should know. No matter where you are in your career, this list provides you with valuable information you’ll want to reference again and again. Each site is loaded with great content created by experts in the industry, specifically curated for people like you. Plus, you don’t have to worry about click-bait, fake news, or fluff pieces – our list cuts right to the good stuff.
Civil Eats describes itself as “a daily news source for critical thought about the American Food System”, and they definitely deliver on that mission statement. The website is dedicated to content relating to sustainable agriculture, farm labor, labeling, food waste, food policy, and farming. They have an entire section on food safety with insightful articles from great new perspectives. Civil Eats excels at breaking down complex issues and presenting them in a straight-forward and personable way.
If you’re based in California, like we are, you must check of Roots of Change. Roots of Change is constantly making big moves when it comes to regulation, social welfare, and environmental issues. This website is a great resource to keep you up to date on changes to California Agriculture policy – as well as how it affects you and your career.
My Job Depends on Ag (MJDOA) is a facebook group, a website, and an app — but most of all it is a community. MJDOA was founded as a grassroots effort to “ show how many people’s lives are related, connected and, most importantly, dependent on agriculture.” They started as a facebook group in 2016 and saw their membership sore to 20,000 in a few weeks. As of August 2018, they’re community has grown to 85,000 strong. The content they post is always very engaging and joining the group will make you feel much more connected to the industry. The group is a unique space that allows people to discuss ag issues, ask questions, share news, and post photos and videos. With over 86,000 members, they must be doing something right!
Food Dive is a website for the food industry at large. They pride themselves on providing “busy professionals like you with a bird’s-eye-view of the food industry in 60 seconds.” With that goal in mind, Food Dive provides industry news and excellent original analysis on the issues you need to know now. They are an excellent resource for busy food safety professionals that want to stay up on the industry but don’t have time to read long form op-eds.
Food Safety Magazine
I would be remiss if I didn’t give a shout out to Food Safety magazine. They originated as a print publication but jumped into the digital space without losing the high-quality content that makes their magazine a must read. Their website brings the publication’s in-depth reporting to the screen through their digital edition – but expands to include industry events and need-to-know press releases as well. Their editorial team also hosts an awesome podcast called Food Safety Matters – you should check it out. I am a fan.
Other Helpful Websites:
- Food Safety Home Page | CDC
- FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)
- USDA Food Safety (@USDAFoodSafety) · Twitter
- California Ag Today
- The Packer