Sprouts

Section links:

 

FSMA Final Rule on Produce Safety
U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Draft Guidance for Industry: Compliance with and Recommendations for Implementation of the Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption for Sprout Operations
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Non-binding guidance for sprout operations.

Sprout Safety Alliance
Illinois Institute of Technology
Homepage of the FSMA Sprout Safety Alliance.

Sprout Safety Alliance Training Schedule

Sprout Safety Alliance Useful Links
Lists of resources to government and university websites regarding food safety, FSMA, and sprouts.

Sprout Safety Alliance Resources Page
Lists resources for safely growing sprouts.

Sprout Safety Alliance Government Resources
List of government resources regarding food safety and sprout contamination prevention.

Safer Sprout Production for Produce Safety Rule Compliance
Sprout Safety Alliance
Training curriculum for compliance with the Produce Rule from FSMA in sprouting facilities.

Testing Methodologies for E. coli o157:H7 and Salmonella Species in Spent Sprout Irrigation Water (or Sprouts)
U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Auditing and Inspecting Checklist for Sprouting Facilities
This article extensively discusses prevention of foodborne illness through proper auditing and inspecting of sprouting facilities.

Antimicrobial Treatments for Sprouting Seeds (Appendix A)
Sprout Safety Alliance

A list of treatments that have been evaluated at a pilot or commercial sale level.

Microbial Testing Kits for Irrigation Water of Sprouts (Appendix B)
Sprout Safety Alliance

Sources of validated testing kits for sprouts. 

Scientific Opinion on the risk posed by Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) and other pathogenic bacteria in seeds and sprouted seeds
Sprout Safety Alliance
Article discusses contamination of sprouts and outbreaks caused by sprouts.