Produce Safety Resources

The resources on this page are intended to advance your understanding of food safety for produce in child nutrition operations.  School Nutrition professionals with particular interest in this topic are encouraged to sign up through their State Agencies to attend Produce Safety University, a week-long immersion course offered by USDA.

Fresh produce provides many nutritional benefits, but it must be handled safely to reduce the risk of foodborne illness. Harmful bacteria residing in soil or water may come into contact with fresh produce at any point during the plant’s growth, harvest, processing, transportation, storage, preparation, or service.  Fresh produce that is served raw does not go through a cooking step to kill any harmful bacteria that may be present before it is served to students, and, therefore has the potential to cause a foodborne illness.

Produce Safety Fact Sheets

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Apples March 06, 2018 Download
Bananas March 06, 2018 Download
Broccoli March 06, 2018 Download
Cantaloupe March 06, 2018 Download
Carrots March 06, 2018 Download
Grapes March 06, 2018 Download
Lettuce March 06, 2018 Download
Oranges March 06, 2018 Download
Squash March 06, 2018 Download
Strawberries March 06, 2018 Download
Tomatoes March 06, 2018 Download
Watermelon March 06, 2018 Download

Produce Safety University Graduate Training Resources

Produce Safety Videos

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Receiving Fresh Produce Video April 24, 2018 Download
Storing Fresh Produce Video April 24, 2018 Download
What Went Right? Videos – Receiving April 24, 2018 Download
What Went Right? Videos – Storing Produce April 24, 2018 Download
What Went Right? Videos – Preparing Produce 1 April 24, 2018 Download
What Went Right? Videos – Preparing Produce 2 April 24, 2018 Download
What Went Right? Videos – Preparing Produce 3 April 24, 2018 Download
What Went Right? Videos – Serving Produce 1 April 24, 2018 Download
What Went Right? Videos – Serving Produce 2 April 24, 2018 Download
What Went Right? Videos – Serving Produce 3 April 24, 2018 Download
What Went Right? Videos – Serving Produce 4 April 24, 2018 Download
What Went Right? Video Activity April 24, 2018 Download
What Went Right? Video Activity Answer Key April 24, 2018 Download
What Went Wrong? Videos – Disgruntled Employee April 24, 2018 Download
What Went Wrong? Videos – Food Defense April 24, 2018 Download
What Went Wrong? Videos - Receiving Produce April 24, 2018 Download
What Went Wrong? Videos - Storing Produce April 24, 2018 Download
What Went Wrong? Videos - Preparing Produce 1 April 24, 2018 Download
What Went Wrong? Videos - Preparing Produce 2 April 24, 2018 Download
What Went Wrong? Videos - Preparing Produce 3 April 24, 2018 Download
What Went Wrong? Videos - Serving Produce 1 April 24, 2018 Download
What Went Wrong? Videos - Serving Produce 2 April 24, 2018 Download
What Went Wrong? Videos - Serving Produce 3 April 24, 2018 Download
What Went Wrong? Videos - Serving Produce 4 April 24, 2018 Download
What Went Wrong? Video Activity April 24, 2018 Download
What Went Wrong? Video Activity Answer Key April 24, 2018 Download
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