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Commodity Specific Food Safety Guidelines for the Production, Harvest, Post-Harvest, and Valued-Added Unit Operations of Green Onions

February 26, 2010

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A field of green onions.
The document is available in PDF (1.96 MB).

This project was funded by the California Department of Food and Agriculture under the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.

Acknowledgements

Development of the Commodity Specific Food Safety Guidelines for the Production, Harvest, Post-Harvest, and Value-Added Unit Operations of Green Onions was made possible by the dedicated contribution of the following individuals:

CONTRIBUTORS AND REVIEWERS

Industry members:

  • Alejandro Corona, Agrícola Las Montañas
  • Belem Avendaño Ruiz, Unión Agrícola Regional de Productores de Hortalizas del Valle de Mexicali
  • Robert Whitaker, Produce Marketing Association
  • Brian Stepien, Growers Express, LLC
  • Dave Murphy, Boskovich Farms, Inc.
  • David Gombas, United Fresh Produce Association
  • Drew McDonald, Taylor Farms
  • Ed Morales, Fresh Innovations, LLC
  • Gustavo Beltran, International Farm Service
  • Jeff Lemmon, NewStar Fresh Foods, LLC
  • John Killeen, Muranaka Farm, Inc.
  • Lisa Fuentes-Intveld, The Nunes Company, Inc.
  • Marco A. Moreno, Agrícola Las Montañas
  • Miguel Morales, GN Productores Agrícolas. de r.l. de c.v, Agrícola Nueva Era, s.a. de c.v. & Nav Produces. de r.l. de c.v.
  • Sally Blackman, Canadian Produce Marketing Association
  • Susan Ajeska, NewStar Fresh Foods, LLC
  • Saul DelReal, NewStar Fresh Foods, LLC
  • Thea Eubanks, NewStar Fresh Foods, LLC

Governmental agency members:

  • Cecilia Crowley, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Kathleen Staley, Agriculture Marketing Services, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Kenneth S. Petersen, Agriculture Marketing Services, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Michelle A. Smith, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Michael Mahovic, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Coordinated under the leadership of:

  • Hank Giclas, Western Growers Association
  • Sonia Salas, Western Growers Association
  • Michael Peterson, Intertox, Inc.
  • Susan Leaman, Intertox, Inc.

Layout and editing:

  • Ammon Gilbert, Intertox, Inc.

EXPERT REVIEW PANEL FOR SECTION I: PRODUCTION AND HARVEST  UNIT OPERATIONS:

  • Robert Buchanan, Ph.D., Professor and Director of the Center for Food Safety and Security Systems at the University of Maryland
  • Frank Busta, Ph.D., Director Emeritus and Senior Science Advisor for the National Center for Food Protection and Defense at the University of Minnesota
  • Larry Beuchat, Ph.D., Distinguished Research Professor, Center for Food Safety at the University of Georgia
  • Linda Harris, Ph.D., Associate Director of the Western Institute for Food Safety and Security at the University of California, Davis
  • Marion Aller, Ph.D., Director of the Division of Food Safety, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

PREVIOUS WORK

The effort to develop commodity specific food safety guidelines for green onions began in the summer of 2006. Greatest appreciation is expressed to the people who contributed to the earlier draft guidance document entitled, Commodity Specific Food Safety Guidelines for the Green Onion / Herb Supply Chain (unpublished). Editors of this foundational document were:

  • David Gombas, United Fresh Produce Association
  • Hank Giclas, Western Growers Association
  • James R. Gorny, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Kathy Means, Produce Marketing Association
  • Robert Whitaker, Produce Marketing Association

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