Sprout industry leaders believe that an industry wide audit program is essential to ensure that the industry is implementing the food safety best practices and is meeting regulatory requirements. The IFSH Sprout Safety Task Force in collaboration with sprout growers, seed suppliers, food service and retail industry, government (FDA, USDA) and other technical experts have developed the “U.S. Sprout Industry Production Best Practices” document for use in an audit program. The document, which models the United Fresh Produce Association’s Harmonized Food Safety Standard, is first of its kind that addresses risk factors that are unique to sprouts and establishes production practices and requirements to minimize potential food safety risks. It also includes verification procedures and recommended approaches for corrective actions. This document has been updated to comply with the Produce Safety Rule and to include recommendations made in the FDA’s 2017 Draft Sprout Guidance. Audit companies are welcome to adopt the Best Practices in their audit programs.
For more information, contact Barbara Sanderson, Jonathan’s Sprouts, and Chair, Sprout Safety Task Force at Barbara@isga-sprouts.org, 508-763-2577 or Armand Paradis, IFSH Director of Business Development at email@example.com, 708-563-8175.