Guiding principles for microbial food safety that should be part of any management plan for melon producers, harvest service operators, distribution and wholesale handlers, and fresh cut processors.
Information for Producers, Handlers, and Processors of Melons
Whether melons are produced domestically or imported, three key events havebrought focus and concern for the microbial food safety of melons, particularly cantaloupes:
1. Disease outbreaks linked to cantaloupe consumption. 2. Positive detection and recovery of human pathogens from random samples of both imported and domestic cantaloupes.3. Reports from several researchers indicating how difficult it is to clean and disinfect the netted rind of a cantaloupe.
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