Produce White Papers

Find out more about Birko’s approach to protecting fruits and vegetables from foodborne pathogens.


Advanced Cleaning and Sanitation for the Produce Industry

Learn more about Birko’s recommended methods, products and equipment. From the Nov. 21, 2013, Florida Association for Food Protection presentation given by Ian Bessell, Birko’s director of business development, and Phillip Ellis, southeast technical representative.

Florida Association of Food Protection

Principles of Cleaning and Sanitation

Review the November 2013 UC Davis presentation from  Dr. Elis Owens, Birko’s senior microbiologist/chemist. Part of the produce safety workshop from the UCD Postharvest Technology Center.

UC Davis Produce W.Shop 11-2013

Simple Adhesive-Tape-Based Sampling of Tomato Surfaces

This article refers to the use of Birko’s CON-TACT-IT® Bacteria Detection System as a method to detect Salmonella on tomatoes. CON-TACT-IT makes bacterial sampling easy, precise and economical.

Report on “Cantaloupe: Food Safety Priorities” Seminar at the University of California, Davis

This article from Fresh Cut Magazine summarizes the January 2013 meeting on cantaloupe safety coordinated by the Center for Produce Safety (CPS).