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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.


Nationwide Produce Outbreak: A Moment You Never Forget
Nationwide Produce Outbreak: A Moment You Never Forget

For an effective produce safety program having no kill step, the development of a multihurdle process is essential.

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.
 

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.

Exploring Implications of Mandatory Safety Standards
Exploring Implications of Mandatory Safety Standards

Scientific research and risk analysis can be lengthy processes, and situations may arise, such as outbreaks, in which interim measures may need to be adopted quickly.

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.

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.  

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.

Confronting Food Safety Challenges Head-on in Produce
Confronting Food Safety Challenges Head-on in Produce

The causes of produce-related outbreaks, including field-level contamination or contaminated inputs such as water, do not discriminate between small or large producers.

Challenges, Progress and Solutions in Produce Safety
Challenges, Progress and Solutions in Produce Safety

Produce producers have witnessed a troubling and corresponding rise in microbial foodborne illness incidents associated with raw and minimally processed fruits and vegetables

FDA's Role in Traceback Investigations for Produce
FDA's Role in Traceback Investigations for Produce

The goal of the food safety initiative is to improve food safety and reduce the incidence of foodborne illness to the greatest extent feasible.

Produce GAP Standards: Harmonizing Food Safety
Produce GAP Standards: Harmonizing Food Safety

If the food safety standards and audit checklists are harmonized across the different audit groups, that should make it easier for customers to compare, and accept, audit results.
 

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.

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.

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.

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