Food Safety

New Produce GAP Harmonized Standards introduced

GLOBALG.A.P. and United Fresh Produce Association introduce the first Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) recognized application of the Produce GAP Harmonized Standards. The GLOBALG.A.P. Harmonized Produce Safety Standard V1.0 (HPSS) has been successfully benchmarked by... more »

Monte Package earns Primus certification

Monte Package Co. now has its nationwide distribution network 100 percent Primus certified for packaging and supply storage and distribution. The company had each of its three facilities, located in Michigan and Florida, certified through Primus’ 14.09... more »

FDA extends compliance dates, issues guidance for FSMA

FDA has extended some of the compliance deadlines for parts of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and has issued draft guidance for a key portion of the law, the Produce Safety Rule. The changes... more »

United Fresh event to feature foodborne illness investigation session

A workshop at this year’s United Fresh Washington Conference will focus on the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) approach to criminal investigations and prosecution enforcing laws under the Food, Drugs and Cosmetic Act (FD&C). Jeffrey Steger,... more »

Washing fruits properly can extend shelf life

Washing fruits and vegetables fresh from the field in a properly equipped dunk tank or hydrocooler can be of tremendous benefit, extending the shelf life of the produce and improving its safety to the consumer.... more »

Farm Science Review panel to discuss GMO labeling impacts

Farm Science Review will feature a "GMO Labeling and the U.S. Food System" panel discussion on Sept. 20. Matt Roberts, agricultural economist for the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University,... more »

Video series highlights best practices for postharvest washing

A new Penn State Extension farm food safety video series is now available for fruit and vegetable growers seeking more detailed information on farm food safety of harvested crops. The “Using Sanitizers in Wash Water”... more »

President signs GMO labeling bill

On July 29, President Barack Obama signed S. 764, the Biotech Food Labeling Bill, otherwise known as the GMO labeling bill. The President’s signature now directs the Secretary of Agriculture to establish a national mandatory... more »

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