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Food Safety at U-Pick Farms

June 11th, 2013
Field washing JG Ranch

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The U-Pick season is quickly approaching. Customers can carry and spread microbial pathogens like any other farm worker. It is important to remember that all customers entering the U-pick field need to be aware and follow good hygiene practices, too.

Encouraging customers to wash their hands prior to and after picking sends a positive message about farm stewardship and reduces microbial risks. Providing clean, accessible restrooms and handwashing facilities are essential, along with posting signs encouraging visitors to use these facilities.  Post signs on your property that remind customers to wash their hands before entering U-pick fields and locations of restroom facilities.

Click here for a guide to help you assess food safety practices on your farm.

U-Pick Food Safety Considerations:

  • Hand washing
  • Restroom locations
  • Not harvesting while sick with foodborne illness
  • No animals in the fields

Facilities & Design, Food Safety Guidelines, Harvesting

  1. | #1

    This is a really good point. Every year in North Carolina my family visits the U-pick farms for strawberries. Not once have I ever seen anything about requirements like this of visitors and customers to wash their hands before picking any of the fruit. It is kind of gross to think about how many other potential people may have touched that strawberry before it is finally picked and placed into a basket for consumption. I will bring this up at my local strawberry patch. Thank you for sharing!

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