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Recommendations to Regulations: Managing Wildlife and Produce Safety on the Farm

  • Gretchen L. Wall
  • Elizabeth A. BihnEmail author
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Part of the Food Microbiology and Food Safety book series (FMFS)

Abstract

Successful fruit and vegetable production requires produce growers to not only have keen business acumen, but also a vast knowledge of science and agriculture, adaptability to changing farm and environmental conditions, an understanding of produce safety practices, and often times, sheer determination and dedication to rigorous labor. One long-standing and frustrating challenge for produce growers is managing wildlife on fruit and vegetable farms in an effort to protect crops from damage and preserve a full harvest to take to the market. In the last 15 years, however, focus regarding wildlife on farms has shifted to produce safety risks that may result from the presence of wildlife fecal material in produce fields and packinghouses. With buyer requirements for produce safety practices and the first-ever federal regulation of fruits and vegetables on the horizon, growers need to understand and implement food safety practices on the farm, including managing wildlife concerns to reduce risks, and make critical decisions to ensure their farm’s long-term viability.

Keywords

Food regulation Food Safety Modernization Act Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) Produce safety Produce Safety Alliance U.S. Food and Drug Administration Wildlife Domesticated animals 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Food ScienceCornell UniversityIthacaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Food ScienceCornell UniversityGenevaUSA

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