Food Safety

Peaches, nectarines and plums recalled by New York distributor

Jac. Vandenberg Inc. of Yonkers, New York is recalling 1,727 cartons of Fresh Peaches, 1,207 cartons of Fresh Nectarines and 365 cartons of Fresh Plums because they have the potential to be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes,... more »

Program, vice chair approved by Alliance for Food and Farming

At its annual meeting held this month, the Alliance for Food and Farming Management Board approved 2019 projects that will help advance the organization’s objective of providing credible, science based information to consumers so that... more »

Michigan awards Food Safety Education Fund grants

Ensuring the safety of the state’s food supply is paramount to protecting public health as well as helping to grow Michigan’s $104.7 billion food and agriculture economy. “As part of the department’s commitment to food... more »

Packing promises to preserve blueberries’ ‘waxy bloom’

A polyamide-based packaging product from StePac L.A. promises “long-lasting freshness in bulk deliveries of blueberries to distant destinations,” according to a news release from the company. The new multi-layered packaging, which is the outcome of... more »

Worker training record-keeping under Produce Safety Rule

When produce growers think about implementing food safety on the farm, the first thing that usually pops into their mind is records. Very few records, however, are required under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)... more »

Penn State hosting food safety training for growers

Is your farm in compliance with food safety standards? The FSMA Produce Safety Rule states: “At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent... more »

FDA issues draft guidance for FSMA’s Produce Safety Rule

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued updated draft guidance for industry with respect to “Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption.”  The purpose of the guidance, or guidelines,... more »

Woman arrested in Australian strawberry needles case

Australia’s Queensland Police Service has charged a 50-year-old woman following a complex investigation into the alleged contamination of strawberries in Queensland in September. After the discovery of containers of strawberries contaminated with needles, Queensland authorities... more »


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