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To meet the global demands for protein and fresh produce with minimum impact on the environment and the highest sustainability, an integration between fish and crops production in the form of aquaponics systems has gained momentum for commercial production as well as in urban farming settings. However, more research is needed to find the optimal conditions in which both fish and the selected crop or crops for growth, disease resistance and best overall performance in terms of production and product quality and safety. There is no comprehensive food safety plan for aquaponics. In addition, by growing the industry, there is unmet needs for understanding and developing a food safety plan for aquaponics. In this paper, we developed the food safety plan for aquaponics.
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Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.
February 21, 2019