Susceptibility of Produce to Infiltration from Harvest and Postharvest Water

Added by Brenda Morris • Last updated May 17, 2024
Author: Laura K. Strawn; Don Stoeckel; Thomas Saunders; Steve Foster; Michelle Danyluk; Erik Bungo, Brenda Morris
Type: Fact Sheets
Topic: Ag Water (Preharvest), Produce Safety Rule (PSR), Ag Water (Postharvest), Postharvest Handling & Sanitation

Infiltration is a food safety concern because pathogens in the water or on the exterior of produce can be brought into the flesh of the fruit or vegetable. Pathogen infiltration into fresh produce commodities has resulted in outbreaks and recalls. When using water during harvest and postharvest activities, risk factors should be considered for those crops that are susceptible to infiltration. Strategies to mitigate infiltration should be implemented to minimize the risk of water infiltration into fresh produce. There are also options operations can do to minimize risks. This resource will cover these topics to assist produce growers, packers, re-packers, processors, and retailers when infiltration is a concern. 

 


 


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Added by Elizabeth Newbold • Last updated October 12, 2022
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