Commodity Specific Food Safety Guidelines for the Melon Supply Chain
This document is diveded in the following sections: production and harvesting, postharvest handling, fresh-cut / value-added processing, distributionand end user handling (retail, foodservice and consumer). Experts from industry and academia were solicited to identify, in the unit operations that they were intimately familiar with, microbial food safety issues thatare found to be unique but not necessarily exclusive to melons. The identified issues in each unit operation section are focused only on melons and mayor not apply to other specialty crops. Individuals and companiesare encouraged to use this document to evaluate and development their own individual company food safety programs.
The document also includes in the required reference documents detailed background information for individuals and companies that are engaged in the various aspects of the melon field to fork continuum. This guidance document, as presented, is not sufficient to serve as an action plan for any specific operation but should be viewed as starting point.