Food Safety

PMA’s Whitaker to address food safety culture at summit

Produce Marketing Association (PMA) Chief Science and Technology Officer, Bob Whitaker, Ph.D. will present the morning keynote at the Salinas Valley Ag Technology Summit at Hartnell College in Salinas, California, on March 27. Whitaker’s keynote... more »

Study: California falls short in evaluating use of agricultural pesticides

Since the 1940s, the responsibility for managing California farmers' use of agricultural pesticides, and the substantial health risks they pose, has been shared by state and county regulators. The state's Department of Pesticide Regulation registers... more »

Critics say EWG’s ‘Dirty Dozen’ list is inaccurate and harmful

The U.S. Apple Association (USApple) is calling the Environmental Working Group’s “Dirty Dozen” list, released March 20, both “inaccurate” and “harmful” to Americans. The report, issued annually, offers consumers an extremely biased view of various... more »

Pure Bioscience, SmartWash Solutions partner

Pure Bioscience, Inc. (OTCQB: PURE), creator of the patented non-toxic silver dihydrogen citrate (SDC) antimicrobial and SmartWash Solutions have partnered  for an antimicrobial pre-treatment on cut produce named SmartWash Boost.  SmartWash Boost Lethality = 99.8 percent... more »

FDA publishes final rule extending compliance dates for ag water

USDA issued a rule March 15 to finalize the new compliance dates for the agricultural water requirements in the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule. Larger farms are now required to comply... more »

Harmonized Standard Audit set from participating audit groups

United Fresh Produce Association said March 7 that the Harmonized Standard Audit is now available from the following auditing organizations: Americert International Ceres Certifications, International (CCI) Equicert GLOBALG.A.P. Lighthouse Food Safety & Quality NSF Perry... more »

An inspection preview for the FSMA Produce Safety Rule

Food safety inspections on produce farms are beginning this month, but there are still questions as to what the first round of Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule inspections will look like. The fact that... more »

Georgia to host Produce Safety Rule workshop

University of Georgia Cooperative Extension and the Georgia Department of Agriculture will host a free one-day workshop for produce farmers on Thursday, March 14, at Little Ocmulgee State Park in Helena, Georgia. The training is... more »


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