Food Safety Practices Guidance for Ready-to-Eat Fresh-Cut Vegetable Manufacturers

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This guidance document applies to RTE fresh-cut vegetables which have been washed and then peeled, sliced, chopped or shredded prior to being pre-packaged for sale in Canada. Examples of these products include shredded bagged lettuce, peeled baby carrots, shredded cabbage, mixed vegetable salads (including coleslaw), salad kits, cauliflower, broccoli florets, etc. With the possible exception of the addition of dressing or croutons by the end user, the products do not require further preparation (e.g., cooking, washing, etc.) before consumption. This document could be used to develop HACCP systems for other products, such as vegetables, for further processing (e.g., sliced fresh potatoes for French fries) and fresh-cut fruits.

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