The challenges of detecting and controlling harmful microorganisms on imported produce remain complex on both the scientific and regulatory fronts.
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.
For produce producer Earthbound Farm, food safety begins in the field.
Fruits and vegetables are prone to microbial contamination from a wide range of sources.
Development of alternative pathogen decontamination technologies would certainly improve the safety of ready-to-eat and fresh agricultural products.
The causes of produce-related outbreaks, including field-level contamination or contaminated inputs such as water, do not discriminate between small or large producers.
FDA’s goal is to develop preventive controls and specific actions that can be followed all the way down to the farm level and throughout the supply chain.
Rapid globalization has added to the complexity of the food supply chain, making issues like food safety, quality and logistics even more complicated than before.
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.
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.
In its long history, Fresh Express has set new standards for food safety and quality in the fresh-cut produce industry.
The year 2007 was a banner year for food-related recalls, and 2008 promised to be even worse.
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.