Fruits and vegetables are an important part of everyone's diet, but special care must be taken to ensure their quality and safety. The resources below provide food safety information specifically for produce.
Fruit, Vegetable, and School Garden SafetySchool Garden Safety
School gardens give students a first-hand look at how things grow! Ensure safe garden harvests with these resources.
Fruits & Vegetables Galore: Helping Kids Eat More
USDA. FNS. Team Nutrition.
Fruits & Vegetables Galore is a tool for school foodservice professionals packed with tips on planning, purchasing, protecting, preparing, presenting and promoting fruits and vegetables. Page 20 of Tricks of the Trade provides food safety information specifically for salad bars.
Produce Safety Resources
National Food Service Management Institute.
A series of resources on produce safety that describe best practices for receiving, storing, handling, and purchasing fresh and fresh-cut produce through videos, fact sheets, and PowerPoint presentations.
Safe Handling of Raw Produce and Fresh-Squeezed Fruit and Vegetable Juices
DHHS. FDA. Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.
Includes buying, storing, preparation, and food safety tips, as well as questions and answers about fresh produce.
Safe Produce Handling Education Campaign
Partnership for Food Safety Education.
Colorful site with basic produce safety information, as well as activities, brochures, presentations, flyers, and more. Materials also available in Spanish.