Members of the North American Perishable Agricultural Receivers Association have a new resource to help them build food safety plans that comply with upcoming federal food safety regulations.

Called the Food Safety Plan Builder and Template, it’s designed to help wholesalers and receivers build a food safety plan necessary to comply with the proposed Hazard Analysis and Preventive Controls rule mandated by the Food Safety Modernization Act, according to a release from the Washington, D.C.-based NAPAR.

Produce wholesalers and receivers who do not belong to NAPAR can obtain information on using the Food Safety Plan Builder by contacting John Motley, president of the association, at (202) 360 4949, according to the release.

The ability of wholesalers and receivers to comply with the food safety law is “all over the lot,” Motley said Oct.16.

“This is something helping the members over the next two to three years figure out what they have to do, how they best can comply and how they can do it most inexpensively,” he said.

According to a summary in the Plan Builder document, the FDA proposal states that facilities that manufacture, process, pack and/or hold food are required to register with the FDA and will be required to develop a written food safety plan under the FDA’s proposed Hazard Analysis and Preventive Controls rule. The proposed rule states that the food safety plan must analyze what hazards exist and determine how the company manage those hazards, according to the summary.

“Most NAPAR’s members are small, family- owned, multi-generation produce receivers and wholesalers and for many of them, preparing and implementing a written food safety plan will be very challenging,” Motley said in the release. “The Food Safety Plan Builder is meant to be a step-by-step aide in preparing the rule’s required plan.”

The template consists of a series of work sheets for each of the steps, Motley said in the release.

“All receivers would find the Plan Builder valuable as they prepared to comply with the new food safety law.” Matthew D’Arrigo, vice president of D’Arrigo Bros. Co. of New York Inc., said in the release.