Food Safety

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 »

Peaches, nectarines and plums recalled by New York distributor

Jac. Vandenberg Inc. of Yonkers, New York is recalling 1,727 cartons of Fresh Peaches, 1,207 cartons of Fresh Nectarines and 365 cartons of Fresh Plums because they have the potential to be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes,... more »

Program, vice chair approved by Alliance for Food and Farming

At its annual meeting held this month, the Alliance for Food and Farming Management Board approved 2019 projects that will help advance the organization’s objective of providing credible, science based information to consumers so that... more »

Michigan awards Food Safety Education Fund grants

Ensuring the safety of the state’s food supply is paramount to protecting public health as well as helping to grow Michigan’s $104.7 billion food and agriculture economy. “As part of the department’s commitment to food... more »

Packing promises to preserve blueberries’ ‘waxy bloom’

A polyamide-based packaging product from StePac L.A. promises “long-lasting freshness in bulk deliveries of blueberries to distant destinations,” according to a news release from the company. The new multi-layered packaging, which is the outcome of... more »

Worker training record-keeping under Produce Safety Rule

When produce growers think about implementing food safety on the farm, the first thing that usually pops into their mind is records. Very few records, however, are required under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)... more »


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