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British Food Journal

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Fresh produce-associated outbreaks: a call for HACCP on farms?

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Title:Fresh produce-associated outbreaks: a call for HACCP on farms?
Author(s):Jan Mei Soon, (School of Agriculture, Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester, UK and Department of Agro-Industry, Universiti Malaysia Kelantan, Kota Bharu, Malaysia), Louise Manning, (LJM Associates Ltd, Ledbury, UK), William Paul Davies, (School of Agriculture, Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester, UK), Richard Baines, (School of Agriculture, Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester, UK)
Citation:Jan Mei Soon, Louise Manning, William Paul Davies, Richard Baines, (2012) "Fresh produce-associated outbreaks: a call for HACCP on farms?", British Food Journal, Vol. 114 Iss: 4, pp.553 - 597
Keywords:Food safety, Fresh foods, Fresh produce, Good agricultural practices, HACCP
Article type:Literature review
DOI:10.1108/00070701211219568 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Acknowledgements:This paper was presented at the 15th World Congress on Food Science and Technology, Cape Town, South Africa, 22-26 August 2010.

Purpose – This paper is intended to be the first in a series addressing food safety in the fresh produce chain, with particular emphasis on the contributing factors that lead to farm-based safety breakdowns.

Design/methodology/approach – A desktop study of recent outbreaks and recalls that have occurred in the USA and EU was undertaken with a view to determining the produce items implicated and factors causing the emergence of outbreaks. The question “A call for HACCP on farms?” is explored.

Findings – Minimally processed fresh-cut produce represents a particular challenge to food safety. The research has highlighted the need to mitigate risk at all stages but with specific emphasis at the pre-farm gate stage. A more comprehensive and integrated approach to risk management is arguably needed. A call for HACCP on the farm or farm food safety management system may be warranted in future if fresh produce outbreaks continue to rise. However, further research is needed to establish the guidelines of HACCP adoption at the farm level. At present, the rigorous adoption of GAP as a pre-requisite and the practice of HACCP-based plans is a good indicator of the importance of pre-harvest safety.

Originality/value – This paper is of government (policy), industrial (application) and academic concerns value.

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