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Commodity Specific Resources

Romaine Resources

Following a statement from the FDA and CDC on November 20, 2018 to pull all romaine lettuce and products containing romaine from the supply chain due to an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak, the industry, working with these government agencies has moved forward to return romaine products to the marketplace. Resources have been gathered for your use as reference materials and to answer your questions about voluntary labeling.

Romaine Resources


Papaya Best Practices

Following outbreaks in summer 2019, United Fresh and the Texas International Produce Association coordinated multiple meetings with the Mexican papaya industry, supply chain members, researchers, and representatives from FDA and the Mexican National Service of Agro-Food Health, Safety, and Quality (SENASICA) to address the food safety challenges associated with the production and handling of papaya. Commodity-specific measures were desired, similar to the approaches taken by the tomato and leafy greens industries, to align the entire growing and packing industry of papayas in Mexico under the same food safety protocols.

The first edition of the resulting food safety best practices, published in April 2020, may be downloaded below in both English and Spanish. The webinar discussing this document can be found here.

Download the Papaya Best Practices (English)
Download Las Mejores Prácticas de Papaya (Español)

In November 2020, the USDA-ARS developed a paper called “Salmonella inactivation and sponge/microfiber mediated cross-contamination during papaya wash with chlorine or peracetic acid as sanitizer”. This research supports the best practices contained in the guidelines. That document can be found here.


Tomato Guidelines

United Fresh is pleased to share the release of the Commodity Specific Food Safety Guidelines for the Fresh Tomato Supply Chain (Third Edition). 

Download the Guidelines

Greenhouse Protocols
Food Safety Programs and Auditing Protocol for the Fresh Tomato Supply Chain, Greenhouse

Open Field Harvest and Packing Protocols
Food Safety Programs and Auditing Protocol for the Fresh Tomato Supply Chain, Open Field Harvest and Packing

Packinghouse Protocols
Food Safety Programs and Auditing Protocol for the Fresh Tomato Supply Chain, Packinghouse

Repacking & Distribution Protocols
Food Safety Programs and Auditing Protocol for the Fresh Tomato Supply Chain, Repacking and Distribution


GAP Checklists and Guidance by Commodity

These commodity specific resources have been compiled by United Fresh for your convenience. Related United Fresh resources can be found on our Harmonized Standard webpage.

Guidance by Commodity

 

For any questions on these resources or to report broken links, contact Katie McGowan, Food Safety Program Coordinator, via email or by phone at (202) 303-3402.