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Food Safety and Farmers Markets
Food Safety and  Farmers Markets

Although the farmers and market managers used many good practices, some practices being used may put consumers at risk for foodborne illness.

Produce Packers Query FDA Officials about FSMA Proposed Rules

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials provided insight on proposed rules for foreign supplier verification programs and the accreditation of third-party auditors during a Sept. 4 web seminar hosted by the United Fresh Produce Association, The Packer reported Sept. 5.

Challenges and Innovations for On-Farm Bacterial Testing
Challenges and Innovations for On-Farm Bacterial Testing

Diagnostic assays for on-farm use have different constraints compared with those used in traditional laboratory environment
 

Leafy Green Processing for Ready-to-Eat Salads
Leafy Green Processing for Ready-to-Eat Salads

Washing cannot always make leafy greens safe, so the concept of homogeneity in all microbial testing is critical for the ability of samples to represent the lot.
 

Raw Produce Field Sampling for Biological Risks
Raw Produce Field Sampling for Biological Risks

The who, how, what, where, when and why to sample are critical to control the risks of biological contamination.           

Animal Welfare and Food Safety
Animal Welfare and Food Safety

When we debate how animals should be treated, we are also debating the safety of our food.


The Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement: 5 Years Later
The Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement: <br>5 Years Later

The California LGMA is a food safety program that was created 5 years ago to protect public health by establishing a culture of food safety on leafy greens farms.  

Meeting the Challenges of Produce Supply Chain Safety
Meeting the Challenges of Produce Supply Chain Safety

Edith Garrett, a fresh produce industry insider, discusses the challenges facing the produce industry.
 

Produce GAPs Harmonization: The Goal Is in Sight
Produce GAPs Harmonization: The Goal Is in Sight

The produce industry came together to reduce the audit burden that it had enabled by accepting and supporting a wide variety of food safety audit standards.
 

A Fresh Look at Produce Safety
A Fresh Look at Produce Safety

An interview with James Gorny reveals the current challenges to the fresh-cut produce industry.


FDA’s Produce Safety Activities
FDA’s Produce Safety Activities

The safety of imported and domestic fruits and vegetables is a priority for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This article will discuss recent activities the agency has initiated to assure that consumers receive safe produce.

Lessons from the Food Safety Front Line
Lessons from the Food Safety Front Line

No matter how hard our industry works, public confidence ultimately depends upon government to determine proper food safety standards and ensure that they are being met.

California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement Emerges as a Model Program for Food Safety
California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement Emerges as a Model Program  for Food Safety

With the implementation of the California Leafy Green Products Handler Marketing Agreement, huge strides have been made in the area of food safety.

Additional Interventions Needed for Fresh-cut Produce
Additional Interventions Needed for Fresh-cut Produce

Experts agree that pathogen contamination of produce growing in fields may be reduced by applying Good Agricultural Practices.

Breaking the Perishable Products Paradigm: Hurdle Technology Solutions from Field to Fork
Breaking the Perishable Products Paradigm: Hurdle Technology Solutions from Field to Fork

Refrigerated, perishable products offer a unique level of complexity since there is no singular technology to assure product safety for the broad spectrum of products that exist.

Continuous Improvement Trends in Produce Traceability
Continuous Improvement Trends in Produce Traceability

The Produce Traceability Initiative action plan outlines seven key elements and milestones for implementing the whole-chain traceability process.

Produce Traceability and Trace-back: From Seed to Shelf and Beyond
Produce Traceability and Trace-back: <br>From Seed to Shelf and Beyond

Traceability is the key to executing a proactive retrieval of lots implicated in a suspected or identified pathogen-detection event.

Fresh-Cuts Are Popular, Any Way You Slice Them
Fresh-Cuts Are Popular, Any Way You Slice Them

Maintaining consumer acceptance of fresh-cut fruits and vegetables after processing and throughout distribution is a challenge to the produce industry.

A Disciplined and Unique Focus by Chiquita Brands Reduces Early Supply Chain Risk
A Disciplined and Unique Focus by Chiquita Brands Reduces Early Supply Chain Risk

Continuous research and education are important components of Chiquita’s overall food safety program.
 

The Impact of Temperature and Routing on Produce Shelf Life: Trucking’s Role in the Blame Game
The Impact of Temperature and Routing on Produce Shelf Life: Trucking’s Role in the Blame Game

The trucking industry has never had a more timely opportunity to play its part in implementing and improving delivery control systems for temperature-sensitive goods.

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