Produce Distributor Food Safety Practices (Part One)

Produce Distributor Food Safety Practices (Part One)As a fresh produce distributor, you are required to uphold best safety practices to ensure the quality of the product and prevent contamination and food-borne illness. From the handling of the produce to the interior and exterior of the building, it’s critical to abide by the regulations set forth by the USDA to avoid penalties. Therefore, ensure your operation is secured with a comprehensive MI Produce Distributor Insurance program and take the following into consideration.

Facility interior.

First and foremost, ensure all exposed materials, including produce and packaging, are protected from overhead contamination from fans, motors, condensation, lubricants, leaking pipes, flaking paint, corrosion, rust, or any other potential food hazards, states the USDA. All fixtures, work surfaces, pipes, and equipment should be free of debris and interior lighting should be sufficient and enclosed to prevent shattering. Lastly, make sure storage areas are clean, including the hard-to-reach areas.

Pest control.

The USDA requires the facility to be free from presence of pests such as rodents, birds, reptiles, and insects, and evidence of pests, such as droppings or nesting materials. Further, sealed doors, entry curtains, and screens should be in place to prevent the entry of pests, animals, and insects.

Personnel.

All staff members need to be trained on proper handling, hygiene, and sanitary practices. Further, they need to be aware of how to properly report an illness or a wound that could potentially contaminate the product. Once documented, these records need to be updated daily or weekly as required.

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