Food Safety

Safe food training to be available to Florida’s small, beginning farmers

A new opportunity for Florida’s small and medium-sized produce farmers will become a reality with the support of a U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety Outreach Program (FSOP) grant designed to produce and provide easy-to-access... more »

Produce Traceability Blue Ribbon Task Force to support growth of NY farms

New York State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball announced Nov. 13 the members of the Produce Traceability Blue Ribbon Task Force, which has met for the first time on Nov. 12. According to a news... more »

PMA takes lead on updating industry on current state of produce safety 

Produce Marketing Association has announced a pair of virtual meetings to discuss the current state of produce safety in the industry which includes discussion of outbreaks in leafy greens and proposed FDA regulation.  The meetings are planned specifically to engage... more »

University of California seeks survey input on uses of specialty Asian produce

Ruth Dahlquist-Willard, Ph.D., Small Farms and Specialty Crops Farm Advisor with the University of California Cooperative Extension in Fresno and Tularie Counties is conducting a national survey of growers and consumers of specialty Asian produce.... more »

Michigan farm ordered to stop processing, selling cider due to mill conditions

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) has ordered Pica Farms, located at 64205 66th St., in Hartford, to stop all cider production and distribution (retail and wholesale) due to insanitary conditions that... more »

University of Georgia imaging software supports food safety initiatives

Many countries struggle with food shipments being damaged or destroyed by invasive insects and plant disease. According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, between 20% and 40% of global crop production is lost to pests,... more »

Survival of COVID-19 on surfaces in food supply chain subject of $1M grant

From the delivery of an Amazon package to ordering takeout food, people touch a multitude of surfaces every day, leaving behind residue, germs, and more. Food supply chain personnel from every level - growing, processing,... more »

NSF International honors United Fresh’s Jennifer McEntire at 2020 Food Safety Summit

NSF International, a global public health and safety organization, announced United Fresh Produce Association’s Jennifer McEntire, senior vice president of food safety and technology, as this year’s Food Safety Leadership Award recipient. After noticing gaps... more »

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FGN February 2021

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Sweet cherry evolution a decades-long journey

Growers’ group builds own research facility

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