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Addressing microbiological risks in fresh produce through good hygiene

2 June 2017

The European Commission has published guidance on addressing microbiological risk in fresh fruits and vegetables at primary production through good hygiene.

The guidance is intended to share good agricultural practices and good hygiene practices among growers in primary production of raw and minimally processed fresh fruit and vegetables.

Previously the Commission had asked the European Food Safety Authority to advise on public health risks, addressing risk factors and mitigation options, following the VTEC outbreak in 2011 which was linked to fenugreek seeds. EFSA issued six scientific opinions:

  • VTEC in seeds and sprouted seeds
  • Salmonella and Norovirus in food of leafy greens eaten raw in salads
  • Salmonella and Norovirus in berries
  • Salmonella and Norovirus in tomatoes
  • Salmonella in melons
  • Salmonella, Yersinia, Shigella and Norovirus in bulb and stem vegetables, and carrots.

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