Food safety is of central importance to all countries in the Americas, regardless of their level of development. Beyond threats associated with any specific product or contaminant, the most pressing challenge is to establish, promote and support a food safety culture, one in which all consumers both expect and have access to healthy food, regardless of where or by whom it is produced.
The Food Safety Modernization Act’s provisions on agricultural water require reevaluation.
Modern food trends create food safety challenges that mandate changes to the food code to protect public health.
Although the farmers and market managers used many good practices, some practices being used may put consumers at risk for foodborne illness.
Diagnostic assays for on-farm use have different constraints compared with those used in traditional laboratory environment
Good Agricultural Practices are a logical extension of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points into the fresh produce industry.
A discussion of FDA’s obesity initiative, focusing on nutritional content and labeling is presented.
Continuous research and education are important components of Chiquita’s overall food safety program.
The proposed Produce Safety Rule takes an integrated and common-sense approach focusing on common actions effective in achieving safe produce.
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 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.
Raw meat and poultry products sold direct-to-consumer may carry higher concentrations of harmful bacteria compared with those produced commercially.
Good Agricultural Practices comprise a prerequisite program that can be used to manage food safety risks in the field and during transport to packing environments.
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 Canadian Produce Marketing Association, Produce Marketing Association and United Fresh Produce Association formed the Produce Traceability Initiative in 2007 to help produce companies and their buyer partners move toward achieving whole-chain traceability.
All food industries, including those involved with spices and botanical ingredients, face challenges in providing safe products to consumers.
The food industry and regulatory agencies have both been reluctant to suggest that consumers bear some responsibility for the safe handling of foods.