Australian Mungbean Association

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Code of hygienic practice on farm and during transport

25 July, 2015

Excerpt from ‘Australian Mungbean Association Code of Hygienic Practice for Whole Mungbeans’




2.1 Protection of Crops from Contamination by Wastes

Crops should be protected from contamination by human, animal, domestic, industrial and agricultural wastes, which could cause microbial contamination. Any use of these products prior to or during production must be noted on the Commodity Vendor Declaration forms.

2.2 Commodity Vendor Declaration Forms (Grower Declarations)

The Seed Seller shall ensure that the farmer/grower/intermediate storage operator is advised of their responsibilities under the Code and that such responsibilities are acknowledged by the completion of a Commodity Vendor Declaration Form. These are available at

2.3 Pest and Disease Control of Crops

Control measures involving treatments with chemical, physical or biological agents, should only be undertaken by personnel who are licensed or trained to do so &/or understand the potential hazards to health. Special care should be taken in regard to those hazards that may arise from residues in the Grain being sold.

2.4 Harvesting and Storage on the Farm and Transport to the Mungbean Grading Establishment

2.4.1 Techniques

Methods and procedures associated with harvesting, storage on the farm and transport to the registered establishment should be hygienic and such as not to allow any microbial or other contamination of the product. Particular care should be taken to prevent cross-contamination from animals (birds, rodents and other pests), stockfeed, other animal products (meat meal, etc), and ingress by water.

2.4.2 Equipment and containers

Equipment and containers used for harvesting, storage and transport should be so constructed to allow easy and thorough cleaning. They should be kept clean arid, and where necessary, disinfected. All details of cleaning & storage should be noted on the Commodity Vendor Declaration Form.

2.4.3 Removal of visually unfit raw materials

Product that is visually found to be unfit for human consumption should be segregated at harvesting and/or upon delivery to the registered establishment. If it cannot be made fit by further processing, it should be disposed of in a way that avoids contaminating any product for human consumption.

2.4.4 Protection against contamination and damage

During storage on the farm and subsequent transport to the registered establishment the product should be protected from insects and pests and microbial contamination. Care should also be taken to avoid damage to the product as this predisposes it to microbial spoilage.

2.5 Intermediate Storage

2.5.1 If mungbeans are to be placed in storage, before arriving at the registered establishment, the storage must be such that contamination cannot occur.

2.5.2 The Association recommends the use of vertical seal-able silos with good aeration to assist in the exclusion of pests and insects and the maintenance of the grain quality.