Primary Production


The key regulation applying to the primary production of fresh produce crops is Regulation (EC) No 852/2004 on the hygiene of foodstuffs and particularly Annex I – Primary Production, Part A: General hygiene provisions for primary production and associated operations. In May 2017 the European Commission published a guidance document on addressing microbiological risks in fresh fruits and vegetables (FFV) at primary production through good hygiene (2017/C 163/01). Implementation of this guidance is suggested as being a priority for any FFV eaten raw and, wherever possible, should be aimed also at FFV eaten cooked.

The training will cover the requirements and practical implementation of food safety in fresh fruit and vegetable production in the UK. The course will draw on the recent EU Commission Guidance and put it in the context of UK production systems and accepted good practices. The training will be delivered through Power Point presentation and interactive case studies.

Aims and objectives

To develop understanding of microbial hazards in UK fresh produce production and the management options available to growers.

  • To give an overview of the microbial hazards in the primary production of UK fresh produce.
  • To familiarise the attendees with the new EC guidance and other sources of information on hygiene practices in primary production.
  • To give examples of good and best practice for management of these risks in commercial production.

Who should attend?

Local authority food safety officers in Wales, responsible for implementation of food safety in fresh fruit and vegetable production.

How much does it cost?

Attendance on this course is available to local authority Environmental Health Practitioners in Wales free of charge. (This course is not available to students or for EHPs who are not employed by local authorities).

How to Register?

If you are interested in attending the course please inform your line manager.

Line managers should email a list of delegates for their local authority in priority order to The following information will be required:

  • Course name
  • Delegate name
  • Job title
  • Local authority
  • Email address
  • Contact telephone No

Every effort will be made to accommodate those who have registered an interest in attending the course, however this may not be possible where the course is over subscribed. Priority will be given to local authority officers in the Welsh region where the training is being undertaken.


This event is accredited with 5 hours of CIEH CPD. In order to obtain your CPD certificate you will be asked to fill an online questionnaire to evaluate the course. Upon completion of the questionnaire your CPD will be sent to you by e-mail within a week.

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