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IMG 2252 MediumThe California citrus industry prides itself upon growing, harvesting, and packing the highest quality and safest fresh citrus in the entire world.  This is why citrus growers and packing houses self-inititated and adhere to a set of standards known as "Good Agricultural Practices" for food safety.  

Because citrus is grown on a tree and has a protetive outer rind it is an inherently low risk commodity for food borne illness. Additionally, packing house procedures ensure that the fruit is washed and free of any bacteria before it is shipped.

Additional Information: 

Approximately 12.3 percent of all foodborne outbreaks from 1990 to 2007 were associated with produce. Of that, 10% were associated with improper handling after leaving the farm and 2.2% were associated with the growing, packing, shipping or processing of produce.

The report also analyzed the percentage ofillnesses that are associated with produce related outbreaks. In that analysis, 21.9 percent of all foodborne illnesses were associated with produce. Of that, 15.8 percent were a result of improper handling after leaving the farm and 6.1% of illnesses were associated with the growing, packing or shipping of produce.

Foods items other than produce caused 87.7% of the outbreaks or 78.1% of the foodborne illnesses from 1990 to 2007.

Again, emphasis must be placed upon reducing further the incidents of on-farm contamination. Through applied research, continued an increased diligence on behalf of farmers and shippers and increased oversight, on-farm microbial contamination can be further mitigated. {Read more from The Alliance for Food and Farming here} 

Resources for Growers and Harvesters: 

Food Safety GAPs

Food Saftey Plan Templates

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