The Fresh Citrus Traveling Road Show

Tim Gaver, Jamie Burrow, Darren Cole, Christine Kelly-Begazo, Karla Lenfesty, Mark Ritenour

Abstract


The Treasure Coast’s citrus industry contributes $1.4 billion annually to the local economy, employing 11% of the workforce. Eighty percent of the region’s fresh grapefruit are shipped to export markets in Europe and the Far East. Domestic and international trade communities have developed standards on quality and
safety aspects of the production and processing of fresh fruits and vegetables. Third party food safety audits, to insure standards compliance, require annual training of production, harvesting, and packinghouse employees in pesticide application safety, personal and workplace hygiene, disease identification, and workplace sanitation practices.


Keywords


fresh citrus

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Proc. Fla. State Hort. Soc.     ISSN 0886-7283