Food Safety

Comments sought on Produce GAPs Harmonized Standard

United Fresh has opened the public comment period to the just-posted redline version of the Produce GAPs Harmonized Standard, detailing the proposed revisions that were reviewed by the Technical Working Group at their September meeting.... more »

UMass food scientist making strides in foodborne disease testing

University of Massachusetts Amherst food scientist Matthew Moore has received two grants from the USDA to apply new technology in an effort to more quickly detect and trace foodborne disease caused by noroviruses and bacteria.... more »

California reports low or no pesticide levels in most fruits, vegetables

Once again, tests showed that the vast majority of fresh produce collected by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) met national pesticide residue standards. During its 2018 survey, DPR found 95 percent of all samples... more »

North Bay Produce voluntarily recalls fresh apples due to health risk

North Bay Produce of Traverse City, Michigan is voluntarily recalling 2,297 cases and two bulk bins of fresh apples due to the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which... more »

Produce growers list top concerns about food safety compliance

Although local food producers are broadly committed to food safety on their operations, there are still some barriers to implementing food safety best practices, according to a Needs Assessment Report released Oct. 22 by National Farmers Union... more »

Senate moves to protect America’s domestic food supply, ag industries

The U.S. Senate unanimously approved Oct. 25 bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Gary Peters, D-MI, Pat Roberts, R-KS, Debbie Stabenow, D-MI and John Cornyn, R-TX to address the shortage of agricultural inspectors who protect... more »

Renaissance Food Group backs United Fresh Produce Safety Immersion Program

Renaissance Food Group (RFG), a fresh food company that is a wholly owned subsidiary of Calavo Growers, will sponsor the new United Fresh Produce Safety Immersion Program, developed to build the technical capacity, critical thinking... more »

Some growers ‘wait and see’ with Produce Rule

Startup and ongoing costs associated with the Produce Rule of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) remain hard to swallow for some specialty crops’ growers, but there’s little recourse in a market that requires the... more »


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