Bacteria Infographic

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Bacteria Infographic

 

Bacteria can multiply once every 20 minutes. One bacterium can turn into thousands in the matter of hours. 

Time

# of Cells

0 min
20 min 2
40 min 4
1 hour 8
2 hours 64
8 hours 16,777,216

Sanitizing your equipment, tools, and other food contact surfaces often can help slow multiplication rates or prevent contamination from occurring. 

CFR 112.123 of the FSMA requires all food contact surfaces of equipment and tools to be clean and, if necessary, sanitized, "as frequent as reasonably necessary to protect against contamination of covered produce".

Your equipment may be visibly free of dirt, but that doesn't mean it isn't covered in bacteria. 

 

Source: Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Module 1

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Tags: agrifood safety, beginning farmer

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