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Commodity Specific Food Safety Guidelines for the Production, Harvest, Post-Harvest, and Processing Unit Operations of Fresh Culinary Herbs

January 24, 2013

FDA is posting this industry information as a service to industry, consumers, the media, and other interested parties.

Fresh Culinary Herbs

The document is available in (PDF 2.01MB).

Contributors and Reviewers

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

Industry and academic members (and their affiliation during the guidance development process):

  1. Susan Ajeska, NewStar Fresh Foods, LLC
  2. Rob Atwill, Ph.D., University of California, Davis
  3. Arin Bauer, Texas AgriLife Extension Service
  4. Roger Becker, Gold Coast Packing
  5. Willette M. Crawford, Ph.D., MPH, Chiquita
  6. Jessica Cueto, Pablos Produce
  7. Mayra Cuevas, Harvest Sensations
  8. Barry Eisenberg, Ph.D., Arizona Leafy Greens Products
  9. Shipper Marketing Agreement
  10. Thea Eubanks, NewStar Fresh Foods, LLC
  11. Daniel Garcia, Ippolito International
  12. Laura Giudici Mills, Metz Fresh, LLC Consultant
  13. Elvia Gonzales, Frontera Produce
  14. Ashley Gregory, Texas AgriLife Extension Service
  15. Linda Harris, Ph.D., University of California, Davis
  16. Johnna Hepner, Produce Marketing Association
  17. Richard Hill, J&D Produce Inc.
  18. Michele Jay-Russell, DVM, Ph.D., University of California, Davis
  19. Jason Kawata, Taylor Farms
  20. Betsy Klein, Frontera Produce
  21. Wesley Kline, Ph.D., Rutgers Cooperative
  22. Extension of Cumberland County
  1. Sharan Lanini, Chiquita Fresh Express
  2. Afreen Malik, Ocean Mist
  3. Bob Martin, Rio Farms
  4. Brendan Miele, Jacobs Farm/Del Cabo Inc.
  5. Tim Minami, Muranaka Farm
  6. Miguel Morales, GN Productores Agrícolas s. de r.l. de c.v.,
  7. Dave Murphy, Boskovich Farms
  8. Jessie Palacios, Talley Farms
  9. Cosme Pina, Taylor Farms
  10. Jess Quinlan, Sabor Farms
  11. Colby Rubbo, Costa Farms
  12. Mary Sanburn, Harvest Sensations
  13. Mike Scarcella, Ippolito International
  14. Trevor Suslow, Ph.D., University of California, Davis
  15. Abby Taylor-Silva, Grower-Shipper Association
  16. Francisco Valdes, Taylor Farms
  17. Rick VanVranken, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, NJ
  18. Mike Villaneva, California Leafy Green Products Handler
  19. Marketing Agreement
  20. Kami Weddle, Rousseau Farming Company

Governmental agency members:

Cecilia Crowley, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Kathleen Staley, Agricultural Marketing Service, U.S. United States Department of Agriculture

Technical review conducted by:

Larry Beuchat, Ph.D., University of Georgia

Gale Prince, Sage Food Safety Consultants

Robert Whitaker, Ph.D., Produce Marketing Association

Coordinated under the leadership of:

Hank Giclas, Western Growers

Sonia Salas, Western Growers

Susan Leaman, Intertox, Inc.