Guide to Minimize Microbial Food Safety Hazards of Melons

This guidance is intended to assist domestic firms and foreign firms exporting melons to the United States (U.S.) by recommending practices to minimize the microbial food safety hazards of their products throughout the entire melon supply chain. It identifies some, but not all, of the preventive measures that these firms may take to minimize these food safety hazards. This guidance document is not intended to serve as an action plan for any specific operation, but should be viewed as a starting point. We encourage each firm from the farm level through the retail or foodservice level to assess the recommendations in this guidance and then tailor its food safety practices to its particular operations by developing its own food safety programs based on the assessment of the potential hazards and its operations.