Food Safety in Connecticut for Farmers & Growers
Produce Safety and Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)
Fruits and vegetables add color, variety and important nutrients to our diet. Most of us enjoy them raw in salads, as a snack or desert. However, in the last few years there has been an increase in the number of foodborne illness outbreaks associated with fresh fruits and vegetables: spinach, cantaloupe, tomatoes, cilantro, and green onions, have been on the outbreak list.
The use of Good Agricultural Practices is one way that farmers and gardeners can reduce the risk of microbial contamination of the fruits and vegetables they sell. GAP programs address the safety of water, manure use, sanitation, and personal hygiene practices on the farm, in the field, during harvest, packing, and transportation.
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