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Harvest & Postharvest Handling Systems

Details regarding common handling practices employed during the harvest, cooling and postharvest handling of various horticultural crops.

 

Artichoke Harvest by California Ocean Mist Farms
Asparagus  Harvest &  Postharvest  Handling
Blueberry Harvest & Handling
Broccoli,  Cauliflower, and Lettuce Harvest & Postharvest Handl
Broccoli Harvest
Cabbage Mechanical Harvest
Carrot Postharvest Handling
Cherry Harvest Fruit Handling & Worker Safety English
Cherry Harvest Fruit Handling & Worker Safety Spanish
Cherry Harvest & Postharvest Handling Process by Stemilt Grower
Date Harvest and Postharvest Handling
Date Harvest and Postharvest Handling part2
Date (French) part1
Date (French) part2
Date (Spanish) part1
Date (Spanish) part2
Grapes Harvesting California Table Grapes (1993) part1
Grapes Harvesting California Table Grapes (1993) part2
Grapes Harvesting California Table Grapes (1993) part3
Lettuce Vacuum
Mushroom Harvesting & Postharvest Handling
Onion Packing Shed
Romaine Lettuce (Whole Heads) Harvesting & Packing

Postharvest Handling and Nutrition

Postharvest Handling to Maintain Quality of Fresh Produce (Dr. Marita Cantwell 2013) This series of 4 videos was created in support of the WIC program, a federally-funded health and nutritional program targeting women, infants and children. The presenter is Dr. Marita Cantwell, Vegetable Specialist, UC Cooperative Extension, Dept. of Plant Sciences, UC Davis. This project was funded by the California Dept. of Food & Agriculture. 

Postharvest Handling To Maintain Quality of Fresh Produce part1
Postharvest Handling To Maintain Quality of Fresh Produce Part 2
Postharvest Handling To Maintain Quality of Fresh Produce Part 3
Postharvest Handling To Maintain Quality of Fresh Produce Part 4

Produce Food Safety (Sprouts)

Safer Processing of Sprouts
The California Department of Public Health, Food and Drug Branch and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition jointly developed this video in cooperation with the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, university researchers, and industry representatives to assist the industry in producing a safer product. The video may also be useful for retailers, regulators, and anyone working with the industry that wants to better understand the product and current recommendations for best production. (2000)
Topics covered in the videos:

Module 1
Module 2
Module 2. Requirements and Guidelines for Sprouters part2
Module 3A. Growing, Harvesting, Milling and Transportation and Storage part1
Module 3A. Growing, Harvesting, Milling and Transportation part2
Module 3B. Sprout production part1
Module 3B. Sprout production part2
Module 3C. Seed Treatment
Module 3D. Sampling and Microbiological Testing part1
Module 3D Sampling part2
Module 3E. Cleaning and Sanitizing Equipment and Facilities part1
Module 3E. Cleaning and Sanitizing Equipment and Facilities part2
Module 4. Personnel Practices part1
Module 4. Personnel Practices part2
Module 5

Produce Food Safety (Cantaloupe)

With Consumers in Mind: Growing, Handling & Shipping CA Cantaloupes (Dr. Trevor Suslow, 2005)
Developed by Dr. Trevor Suslow at UC Davis, under funding from USDA CSREES and the CA Cantaloupe Advisory Board, and in collaboration with the California Melon Research Board this video provides general background and aspects of interest to foodservice buyers and retailers, detailing cantaloupe shed and field packing, California environmental conditions where melons are grown, scientific studies on cantaloupe safety, worker hygiene best practices, equipment sanitation best practices and shed packing best practices.

With Consumers in Mindpart1
With Consumers in Mind part2
 
 

Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Guidlines for the California Cantaloupe Industry (Dr. Trevor Suslow, 2005) Developed by Dr. Trevor Suslow at UC Davis, under funding from USDA CSREES and the CA Cantaloupe Advisory Board, and in collaboration with the California Melon Research Board this video is directed at the growers and primary supplies of cantaloupe, detailing Good Agricultural Practices during the production, handling and postharvest handling of California grown cantaloupe. Issues addressed in the video include safe water use, safe soil amendment application and how to reduce the potential for microbial contamination. The video also provides recommendations regarding food safety best practices for worker training, field and harvest sanitation, postharvest packing house operations, shed packing operations and transportation to markets.

Good Agricultural Practices part1
Good Agricultural Practices part2
 
 

Produce Food Safety (Strawberry)

Maintaining Quality & Safety in California Fresh Strawberries
Video presentation of a webinar hosted by the UC Davis Postharvest Technology Center in collaboration with the California Strawberry Commission. April 15, 2008. The webinar featured presentations by four speakers and question & answer sessions. Jim Gorny, Postharvest Technology Center (Facilitator).

Role of Product Testing in Food Safety part1
Retail & Foodservice Handling part2
 
 

Handwashing/Hygiene/Washing Produce

Developed by the International Food Safety Network (iFSN) at KSU, this short practical educational video covers the importance of worker hygiene and in particular proper hand washing techniques for produce handlers.

Proper Handwashing and Good Hygiene in the Produce Industry (2005)
 
 
 

Dr. Christine Bruhn, Director of the Center for Consumer Research at U.C. Davis provides up-to-date, easy to understand information that consumers can use for safe in-home handling and preparation of fresh produce.

How to Properly Wash Your Produce
 
 
 

Home Consumption: Quality & Safety

Dr. Christine Bruhn, Director of the Center for Consumer Research at U.C. Davis explains how to determine if the food in your refrigerator is safe to eat, or if it's time to send it to the trash.

How to Tell If Your Fruits and Vegetables Have Gone Bad
 
 
 

Fresh-cut Produce

Safer Processing of Fresh-cut Produce. A Food Safety Training Video Developed by  the California Department of Public Health.
The California Department of Public Health in collaboration with the U.S. FDA, CDC, university researchers, and industry representatives developed this video to assist the fresh-cut produce industry in producing safer products. The video may also be useful for retailers, regulators, and anyone working with the industry who wants to understand safer fresh-cut produce processing and current recommendations for best production practices. The video is divided into the following modules and may be used to train anyone involved in the processing of fresh-cut produce. (2003)

Introduction to food safety, fresh-cut produce as a special case
Part 1A Existing RegulationsLegal Requirements
Part 1B Prerequisite Programs
Part 1C Prerequisite Programs (Cont’d)
Part 2 Employee Hygiene and Health
Part 3 Facility Design and Product Flow
Part 4 ReceivingStorageSortingGradingCooling Transport
Part 5 Processing Packaging
Part 5B Water Use
Part 6 Sanitation
Part 6B Pest Control
Video Credits

Small Scale Postharvest Handling

Cold Storage for Small Farms. How to construct a small-scale cold storage room, and other options for cold storage at small farms (written by Jim Thompson and Marita Cantwell). (1993)

Cold Storage part1
Cold Storage part2
 
 
 

Small-scale postharvest handling practices for horticultural crops. English (1999)

Small-scale postharvest handling part1
Small-scale postharvest handling part2
Small-scale postharvest handling part3

Small-scale postharvest handling practices for horticultural crops. Spanish (1999) (Practicas de manejo posthcosecha a pequena escala de productos hortofruticolas.)

Small-scale postharvest handling practices for horticultural crops. Spanish part1
Small-scale postharvest handling practices for horticultural crops. Spanish part2
Small-scale postharvest handling practices for horticultural crops. Spanish part3
Small-scale postharvest handling practices for horticultural crops. Spanish part4

Small-scale postharvest handling practices for horticultural crops French (1999) (Méthodes de manutention en post-récolte des produits horticoles pour petites exploitants.)

Small-scale postharvest handling practices for horticultural crops French part1
Small-scale postharvest handling practices for horticultural crops French part2
Small-scale postharvest handling practices for horticultural crops French part3

Transportation

Loading Makes the Difference. Illustrates and gives pointers regarding proper loading for the transportation of perishable horticultural commodity (fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers and fresh-cut products) hauling vehicles. Presented by Jim Thompson, Tom Hinsch and Bob Kasmire. (1989)

Loading Makes the Difference

Flowers & Ornamentals

Roses & the Effects of Ethylene Exposure. Time lapse photography. (2007)

Roses & the Effects of Ethylene Exposure part1
Roses & the Effects of Ethylene Exposure part2
College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences
Postharvest Technology Center
Department of Plant Sciences

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