Resources

Educational Materials and Tools

SSA is dedicated to assisting sprout growers and producers in identifying and implementing best practices in the safe production of sprouts. The Alliance is building a comprehensive educational and reference library in this section and we welcome your input.

If you would like to submit additional resource materials to this section, please contact SSA Coordinator Kaiping Deng with suggestions at sproutalliance@iit.edu.

Note: Please check these pages frequently for updated resource materials. If you experience any difficulties downloading materials or discover broken links, please contact us via email.


SSA Curriculum

Safer Sprout Production for Produce Safety Rule Compliance

Best Practices

Sprout Production

IIT IFSH Auditing and Inspection Checklist for Sprouting Facilities

Released in 2011, IIT IFSH's Sprout Safety Taskforce's ground-breaking audit checklist, along with on-site beta test results validating its effectiveness in a real-world setting, is designed to improve sprout safety best practices.

IIT IFSH Auditing and Inspection Checklist for Sprouting Facilities: Appendix A—Antimicrobial Treatments for Sprouting Seeds

Useful reference list of published studies evaluating antimicrobial treaments for sprouting seeds.

IIT IFSH Auditing and Inspection Checklist for Sprouting Facilities: Appendix B—Validated Test Kits for Microbial Testing of Spent Irrigation Water During Sprout Production

Useful list of AOAC Official Methods, Performance Tested Methods, and other validated tests for microbial testing of spent irrigation water during sprout production.

Sprout testing discussed in Food Quality Magazine article

This article contains recommendations for testing during sprout production and was written by former SSA Coordinator, Stephen Grove. 

Existing Sprout Safety Training Materials

Sprout Videos: Safer Processing of Sprouts (2000) (video link)
(Please note: This link will take you to the UC-Davis host page, where you can scroll down to view all related videos.)

The California Department of Public Health, Food and Drug Branch and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition jointly developed this video in cooperation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, university researchers and industry representatives to assist the industry in producing a safer product. The video may also be useful for retailers, regulators, and anyone working with the industry who wants to better understand the product and current recommendations for best production.

Training Materials from Other U.S. Food Safety Alliances

Juice HACCP Training Curriculum, First Edition, August 2002

This course manual and accompanying generic HACCP plans and overheads were developed by the Juice HACCP Alliance, a group comprised of federal and state food inspection officials, university food science educators and juice industry representatives. The course was designed to meet the HACCP training requirements established under 21 CFR Part 120.13 of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's mandatory juice HACCP inspection program.

National Seafood HACCP Alliance Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point Training Curriculum, Fifth Edition, 2011

This training curriculum provides a current, convenient and cost-effective education and training program to assist commercial and regulatory compliance with the prevailing requirements for product safety during processing and import of any seafood in the United States. 

Other Materials of Interest

Records Required by the FSMA Produce Safety Rule- by Produce Safety Alliance

Farm Safety Decision Tree Project

Freshfel Europe: The European Fresh Produce Association. Comparison of Different Guidelines and Practices for Sprout Production

European Food Safety Authority. Scientific Opinion on the Risk Posed by Shiga Toxin-Producing Escherichia coli (STEC) and Other Pathogenic Bacteria in Seeds and Sprouted Seeds