Food Safety

Drafts of food safety guidance standards released by FDA

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb issued a statement Oct. 19 regarding FDA's new steps to help produce growers and processors to more effectively comply with food safety requirements. "Fruits and vegetables are a key part of... more »

EXPO panels to examine food safety, inspections

Produce recalls are becoming too common. Food safety is paramount, and Ohio and Michigan are among Great Lakes states that will begin offering free food safety inspections in the next year. States are working to... more »

Food safety education, training grants available in Michigan

The Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (MDARD) is seeking proposals for food safety education and training as part of the Food Safety Education Fund grant program. Grant proposals must be received by MDARD... more »

FDA releases 2016 Residue Monitoring result

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Oct. 1 issued the results of its 2016 Pesticide Residue Monitoring Program. The FDA results are consistent with the United States Department of Agriculture's Pesticide Data Program... more »

Understanding the USDA’s GAP audit program

Growing specialty crops in today’s marketplace is becoming more complex. Farmers cannot simply plant a crop, nurture it to maturity, harvest it, and get it to market. They also must incorporate a culture of food... more »

USDA’s HGAP+ reaches equivalency with United Fresh’s Harmonized Standard

The United Fresh Produce Association’s quest for harmony among different food safety audits seems to be making progress. Since June 2009, United Fresh has developed a “harmonized standard” for GAP food safety audits. The goal... more »

Appeals court shuts down use of chlorpyrifos pesticide

The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals last week ordered an EPA ban of the broad-spectrum pesticide chlorpyrifos. The ban will take away a tool that many growers are still using, and its manufacturer says... more »

AgroFresh debuts FreshCloud platform for monitoring quality

FreshCloud, a data-backed, insights-driven platform for monitoring produce quality through the supply chain, was recently launched by Philadelphia-based AgroFresh Solutions. AgroFresh’s insights and expertise add new technology to predict produce freshness, quality and optimal consumption timing.... more »

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