Unlike many foods, fresh produce such as leafy greens doesn’t have a kill step. “No heat or chemical treatment can eliminate microorganisms that might cross-contaminate fruits or vegetables,” says Bob Whitaker, PhD, chief science officer, Produce Marketing Association of Newark, Del., which provides connections and industry solutions to members of the fresh produce and floral industries. This means that rigorous food safety measures must be in place at every point in their supply chain.
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