Issues in ensuring safety of fresh-cut produce
There has been a low but increasing number of food poisoning outbreaks associated with fresh-cut produce. There are potential implications of field production, harvesting, minimal processing, packaging and distribution for contamination, survival and growth of human pathogens. Data on the implications of minimal processing, gas atmospheres and storage conditions are presented. Guidelines are presented for good agricultural practice (GAP) and hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP) from pre-planting to post-production. Suggestions are outlined in relation to knowledge gaps and future needs.
O’Beirne, D. (2018). Issues in ensuring safety of fresh-cut produce. Acta Hortic. 1209, 1-10
food safety, human pathogens, HACCP, minimal processing, modified atmosphere packaging