Growers can reduce their risk of microbial contamination of produce by:
- Reading through and adopting the Industry’s recommended practices.
- Ensuring staff are trained in good hygiene practices and aware of their responsibilities.
- Implementing a food safety program.
- Ensuring clean water sources are used for irrigation and final washing.
- Ensuring wash water is tested and changed regularly.
- Ensuring that fertiliser (whether organic or inorganic) storage areas are not located adjacent to growing areas so that they cannot cause contamination.
- Checking paddocks, sheds and produce for animal contamination.
- Thoroughly cleaning packing facilities and equipment before and during each season.
The keys to marketing safe fresh produce are good agricultural practices during growing and harvesting and good hygiene and sanitation practices in the packing shed. To ensure practices remain effective it is essential to review all practices on a seasonal basis or when changes occur. Re-assess the risks whenever there are any.
Primary Melon Food Safety Resources
Some primary information resources available for melon growers are:
- VM18003 Watermelon food safety guide (First Edition 2021)
- Melon food safety best practice guide
- Melon food safety toolbox
Complete List of Melon Food Safety Resources
For a complete listing of all of the Melon Food Safety Resources on this site please goto our Resources Page and select the category of “Food Safety” and click the “Apply Filter” button.