Although the farmers and market managers used many good practices, some practices being used may put consumers at risk for foodborne illness.
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.
Diagnostic assays for on-farm use have different constraints compared with those used in traditional laboratory environment
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.
The who, how, what, where, when and why to sample are critical to control the risks of biological contamination.
When we debate how animals should be treated, we are also debating the safety of our food.
For an effective produce safety program having no kill step, the development of a multihurdle process is essential.
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.
The Produce Traceability Initiative action plan outlines seven key elements and milestones for implementing the whole-chain traceability process.
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.
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 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.
Traceability is the key to executing a proactive retrieval of lots implicated in a suspected or identified pathogen-detection event.
The causes of produce-related outbreaks, including field-level contamination or contaminated inputs such as water, do not discriminate between small or large producers.
Produce producers have witnessed a troubling and corresponding rise in microbial foodborne illness incidents associated with raw and minimally processed fruits and vegetables
The goal of the food safety initiative is to improve food safety and reduce the incidence of foodborne illness to the greatest extent feasible.
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 trucking industry has never had a more timely opportunity to play its part in implementing and improving delivery control systems for temperature-sensitive goods.
Experts agree that pathogen contamination of produce growing in fields may be reduced by applying Good Agricultural Practices.
Maintaining consumer acceptance of fresh-cut fruits and vegetables after processing and throughout distribution is a challenge to the produce industry.