Foodborne illness outbreaks in the United States and abroad continue to make the news. Regardless of whether it is fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts, animal products or fish, or packaged products, the on-going incidence of contaminated food has resulted in a demand for food safety assurance and increasing regulation in the farm to fork continuum. While there is no way to completely eliminate all of the potential risks of microbial contamination, there are many food safety practices growers, food handlers, and consumers can implement to reduce risks.
This website is intended to provide information about the efforts of the Virginia Fresh Produce Food Safety Team, as well as timely and science-based resources geared to reducing fresh produce contamination risks, beginning at the farm level, progressing through the market-place to the final end-user, the consumer. Whether you are a produce grower, a marketplace vendor or buyer, or a home consumer, we invite you to explore this website!
While information contained in this site is kept as up-to-date as possible, given the constantly evolving food safety environment, we encourage you to contact us with any questions about specific guidelines and content contained herein. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org .