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.
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.
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.
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.
Under FSMA, FDA requires preventive controls for food facilities and mandatory produce safety standards for a broad range of farming activities.
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.
Edith Garrett, a fresh produce industry insider, discusses the challenges facing the produce industry.
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.
An interview with James Gorny reveals the current challenges to the fresh-cut produce industry.
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.
Traceability is the key to executing a proactive retrieval of lots implicated in a suspected or identified pathogen-detection event.
The Produce Traceability Initiative action plan outlines seven key elements and milestones for implementing the whole-chain traceability process.
Maintaining consumer acceptance of fresh-cut fruits and vegetables after processing and throughout distribution is a challenge to the produce industry.
Here we summarize the perspectives of industry leaders and practitioners in the primary production sector of the global food supply chain.