food safety

Specialty crop program offsets $200 million in food safety costs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing specialty crop growers up to $200 million to offset certain expenses incurred to receive food safety certification. The USDA’s new Food Safety Certification for Specialty Crops (FSCSC) program... more »

Penn State scientists to explore postharvest fruit rot

Scientists in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences have received a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant of nearly $313,000 to study the effects of postharvest fruit decay. The research is designed to support the mid-Atlantic... more »

Microbiologists receive grant to study biofilms guarding Listeria

Microbiologists in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences have received a $605,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to study how microbial biofilms protect Listeria monocytogenes, the bacterium that causes the deadly foodborne illness... more »

Project seeks bio-based coatings to reduce cross-contamination

Nitin Nitin, with the University of California, Davis, doesn’t want to reinvent the wheel when it comes to ways to minimize potential pathogen cross-contamination with produce. NItin is leading research into food-grade bio-based coatings charged... more »

Bob Whitaker to retire as chief science officer at PMA

Bob Whitaker will retire in January 2020 after 11 years of service as chief science and technology officer for the Produce Marketing Association (PMA). Whitaker is the first person... more »

FDA planning tool to help businesses comply with FSMA

FDA is releasing a new software tool to help owners and operators of food facilities create a food safety plan specific to their facilities. The planning tool is intended to help businesses meet the requirements... more »

Workshop to help organic growers develop custom food safety manuals

The Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (GFVGA) next week will host a workshop for growers looking to create customized food safety manuals for their farms. The one-day, hands-on workshop will take place Tuesday, Aug.... more »

CFVGA members attend produce safety symposium in Denver

The Center for Produce Safety's (CPS) June 20-21 symposium brought cutting edge food safety researchers to Denver to talk about current research and its application to the produce industry as well as to hear from... more »

New food safety planning publication available

Produce wholesalers and distributors now have a new tool to develop food safety plans that comply with FDA regulations under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The "How to Build a Food Safety Plan" publication... more »

Rice Fruit hires facility food safety manager

Rice Fruit Company welcomes Alexandra (Lex) Roberts as the newest addition to its staff. Roberts will work as facility food safety manager, a new position created to work in partnership with the Grower Relations and... more »

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