Green sprouts have been the poster child for a fresh produce item that causes more than its share of food safety concerns.
The Food Safety Modernization Act’s provisions on agricultural water require reevaluation.
While many in the leafy greens industry participated in the creation of the LGMA, it truly was a collaborative effort that united an entire farming community.
It is important to understand your rights and responsibilities during a food regulatory inspection.
The responsibility for the regulation of a sanitizer used on a food item is based upon the intended use of the sanitizer and on the status of the food in question.
Whole supply chain traceability is a combination of both internal (proprietary information and processes) and external transparency (shared information and processes among partners). Are your processes FSMA compliant?
During production and the postharvesting process of citrus fruits in conventional agriculture, residues of postharvest protectants as well as pesticides can be found in detectable concentrations.
An overview of how raw sprouts--a popular superfood--have been the source of recalls for the last 20 years.
Some of the evolving key provisions in the Produce Safety Rule are discussed, along with the ongoing public discussion between FDA and members of the food industry.
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.
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.
Diagnostic assays for on-farm use have different constraints compared with those used in traditional laboratory environment
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.
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.
With the implementation of the California Leafy Green Products Handler Marketing Agreement, huge strides have been made in the area of food safety.
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.
Experts agree that pathogen contamination of produce growing in fields may be reduced by applying Good Agricultural Practices.
Edith Garrett, a fresh produce industry insider, discusses the challenges facing the produce industry.