Food Safety Magazine

News | October 30, 2013

Potato Council Releases Guidelines on Food Safety for Growers, Packers

By Heidi Parsons

Potato Council Releases Guidelines on Food Safety for Growers, Packers


The National Potato Council (NPC) recently released its Commodity-Specific Food Safety Guidelines for the Production, Harvest, Storage, and Packing of Potatoes and will host a media briefing about the document on Friday, Nov. 8, in a 30-minute webinar from 12:00 – 12:30 p.m. ET.

Developed for industry members "to help ensure the continued safety of U.S.-grown potatoes," according to the NPC, the document is available here.

This document offers food safety guidance for all companies that produce, harvest, store, pack, and transport potatoes. It also serves as a basic guideline to harmonize all existing food safety programs in how they assess and address food safety hazards. The guidelines are broken down into four sections: I) General Practices, II) Production and Harvest Operations, III) Storage Unit Operations and IV) Packinghouse Unit Operations. Each section lists a set of best practices to address potential food safety issues associated with those specific operations.