Food Safety

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 »

Penn State hosting food safety training for growers

Is your farm in compliance with food safety standards? The FSMA Produce Safety Rule states: “At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent... more »

FDA issues draft guidance for FSMA’s Produce Safety Rule

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued updated draft guidance for industry with respect to “Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption.”  The purpose of the guidance, or guidelines,... more »

Woman arrested in Australian strawberry needles case

Australia’s Queensland Police Service has charged a 50-year-old woman following a complex investigation into the alleged contamination of strawberries in Queensland in September. After the discovery of containers of strawberries contaminated with needles, Queensland authorities... more »

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 »


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