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White Papers and Technical Resources

Facts on Chlorpyrifos Use and Safety

This background paper is intended to provide information that may be helpful in responding to questions about the issue of Chlorpyrifos and the product’s use and safety.

Download the Backgrounder on Chlorpyrifos

Listeria Information

United Fresh is pleased to collaborate with PMA to tackle the issues associated with Listeria monocytogenes. PMA has collated a list of resources related to this pathogen, which can be found here.

Download the Listeria Guidance Document

Microbiological Testing of Fresh Produce

A White Paper on considerations in developing and using microbiological sampling and testing procedures if used as part of a food safety program for fresh fruit and vegetable products.
 

Tomato Metrics

United Fresh is pleased to share the draft Tomato Guidelines Document is now open for comment until May 4, 2018. 

Please use the following documents to facilitate the review process and gathering of feedback.

*Please bear in mind that this is NOT the updated Tomato Metrics. Once the Guidelines are finalized, a subgroup will tease out the tomato-specific criteria that operations should be audited against (using the Harmonized or any other audit standard as the backbone for the general food safety requirements). If you would like to be part of that small group, please contact Dr. Jennifer McEntire.

For reference, the 2008 Tomato Guidelines can be accessed here. The documents below comprise the 2011 Tomato Metrics, which are still in effect until updated to align with the new guidelines, once finalized.

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

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

Food Safety Programs and Auditing Protocol for the Fresh Tomato Supply Chain, Greenhouse (Spanish)

Food Safety Programs and Auditing Protocol for the Fresh Tomato Supply Chain, Greenhouse Checklist (Spanish)

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

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

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

Food Safety Programs and Auditing Protocol for the Fresh Tomato Supply Chain, Open Field Harvest and Packing Checklist (Spanish)

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

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

Food Safety Programs and Auditing Protocol for the Fresh Tomato Supply Chain, Packinghouse (Spanish)

Food Safety Programs and Auditing Protocol for the Fresh Tomato Supply Chain, Packinghouse Checklist (Spanish)

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

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

Food Safety Programs and Auditing Protocol for the Fresh Tomato Supply Chain, Repacking and Distribution (Spanish)

Food Safety Programs and Auditing Protocol for the Fresh Tomato Supply Chain, Repacking and Distribution Checklist (Spanish)