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