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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.

Lot Acceptance Testing for Ready-to-Eat Salads
Lot Acceptance Testing for Ready-to-Eat Salads

An analytical testing protocol is fundamental to any food product acceptance testing program, including those for examining the microbiological safety of ready-to-eat salad.

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.

A New Era of Food Safety Regulation Begins
A New Era of Food Safety Regulation Begins

Under FSMA, FDA requires preventive controls for food facilities and mandatory produce safety standards for a broad range of farming activities.

 

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.

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.

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.

The Supply Chain and Food Safety Culture: Primary Production
The Supply Chain and Food Safety Culture: Primary Production

Here we summarize the perspectives of industry leaders and practitioners in the primary production sector of the global food supply chain.

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.
 

A Long Row to Hoe for Safer Food
A Long Row to Hoe for Safer Food

The proposed Produce Safety Rule takes an integrated and common-sense approach focusing on common actions effective in achieving safe produce.

Listeria Guidance & Best Practices in Produce Facilities
<i>Listeria</i> Guidance & Best Practices  in Produce Facilities

Published guidance is available to industry professionals regarding recommended procedures for controlling Listeria monocytogenes in ready-to-eat produce operations.

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.

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.

Perspectives from a Review of Selected Case Histories of Microbiological Problems with Imported Produce
Perspectives from a Review of Selected Case Histories of Microbiological Problems with Imported Produce

The challenges of detecting and controlling harmful microorganisms on imported produce remain complex on both the scientific and regulatory fronts.

Growers Beware: Adopt GAPs or Else
Growers Beware: Adopt GAPs or Else

Good Agricultural Practices are a logical extension of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points into the fresh produce industry.

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.

Earthbound Farm: Balancing Food Safety From Seed to Shelf
Earthbound Farm: Balancing Food Safety From Seed to Shelf

For produce producer Earthbound Farm, food safety begins in the field.

Microbiological Safety of Fresh-Cut Produce from the Processor to Your Plate
Microbiological Safety of Fresh-Cut Produce from the Processor to Your Plate

Fruits and vegetables are prone to microbial contamination from a wide range of sources.

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