Guidance for Industry: Guide to Minimize Microbial Food Safety Hazards of Fresh-cut Fruits and Vegetables

Added by Virginia Jaquish • Last updated February 11, 2020
Author: FDA
Type: Guidance - Federal
Topic: Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs), Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF), Preventive Controls (PCs), Postharvest Handling & Sanitation, Produce Safety Rule (PSR)
Language: English


This guidance covers fresh-cut fruits and vegetables that have been minimally processed (e.g., no lethal kill step), and altered in form, by peeling, slicing, chopping, shredding, coring, or trimming, with or without washing or other treatment, prior to being packaged for use by the consumer or a retail establishment. 



FDA encourages fresh-cut produce processors to take a proactive role in minimizing microbial food safety hazards potentially associated with fresh-cut produce. We recommend that fresh-cut processors consider a preventive control program to build safety into the processing operations for fresh-cut fruits and vegetables.



This guidance begins with a discussion of primary production and harvesting of fresh produce in Chapter IV and continues with recommendations for fresh-cut processing in four areas-- (1) personnel health and hygiene, (2) training, (3) building and equipment, and (4) sanitation operations. Following this discussion, the guidance covers fresh-cut produce production and processing controls from product specification to storage and transport. The final chapters provide recommendations on recordkeeping and on recalls and tracebacks.

 


 


Marina Abitia - Sunkist Growers, Inc.
Added by Marina Abitia • Last updated October 11, 2020
Type: People
Topic: General (PCHF); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF); Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs); Preventive Controls (PCs); Food Safety Plan; General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Worker Health, Hygiene & Training; Soil Amendments; Wildlife, Domestic Animals & Land Use; Ag Water (Preharvest); Ag Water (Postharvest); Postharvest Handling & Sanitation; Food Safety Plans; Record Keeping
State: CA
Brenden St John - Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association
Added by Brenden St John • Last updated February 11, 2020
Type: People
Topic: General (PCHF); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF); Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs); Preventive Controls (PCs); Food Safety Plan; General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Worker Health, Hygiene & Training; Soil Amendments; Wildlife, Domestic Animals & Land Use; Ag Water (Preharvest); Ag Water (Postharvest); Postharvest Handling & Sanitation; Food Safety Plans; Record Keeping
State: GA
Dave Seddon - Food Safety Business Consultant / SQF Services
Added by Dave Seddon, MBA RD LD • Last updated February 11, 2020
Type: People
Topic: General (PCHF); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF); Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs); Preventive Controls (PCs); Food Safety Plan; General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Postharvest Handling & Sanitation; Food Safety Plans; Record Keeping
State: ME