Part 2 - Field Harvest and Field Packing Activities
A documented pre-harvest assessment is made on the crop production areas. Risks and possible sources of crop contamination are noted and assessed.
The number, condition, and placement of field sanitation units comply with applicable state and/or federal regulations.
When question 2-2 is answered "N/A" (sanitation units are not required), a toilet facility is readily available for all workers.
Field sanitation units are located in a location that minimizes the potential risk for product contamination and are directly accessible for servicing.
A response plan is in place for the event of a major spill or leak of field sanitation units or toilet facilities.
All harvesting containers and bulk hauling vehicles that come in direct contact with product are cleaned and/or sanitized on a scheduled basis and kept as clean as practicable.
All hand harvesting equipment and implements (knives, pruners machetes, etc.) are kept as clean as practical and are disinfected on a scheduled basis.
Damaged containers are properly repaired or disposed of.
Harvesting equipment and/or machinery which comes into contact with product is in good repair.
Light bulbs and glass on harvesting equipment are protected so as not to contaminate produce or fields in the case of breakage.
There is a standard operating procedure or instructions on what measures should be taken in the case of glass/plastic breakage and possible contamination during harvesting operations.
There is a standard operating procedure or instructions on what measures should be taken in the case of product contamination by chemicals, petroleum, pesticides or other contaminating factors.
For mechanically harvested product, measures are taken during harvest to inspect for and remove foreign objects such as glass, metal, rocks, or other dangerous/toxic items.
Harvesting containers, totes, etc. are not used for carrying or storing non- produce items during the harvest season, and farm workers are instructed in this policy.
Water applied to harvested product is microbially safe.
Efforts have been made to remove excessive dirt and mud from product and/or containers during harvest.
Transportation equipment used to move product from field to storage areas or storage areas to processing plant which comes into contact with product is clean and in good repair.
There is a policy in place and has been implemented that harvested product being moved from field to storage areas or processing plants are covered during transportation.
In ranch or field pack operations, only new or sanitized containers are used for packing the product.
Packing materials used in ranch or field pack operations are properly stored and protected from contamination.
Product moving out of the field is uniquely identified to enable traceability in the event of a recall.
Field Harvest And Field Packing Activities