Food Safety

Researchers identify broccoli genes that affect freshness

As soon as a head of broccoli is harvested, an internal freshness clock starts counting down. Eventually, that crisp, green broccoli crown wilts and yellows. A study published in the journal Postharvest Biology and Technology from... more »

USDA committee’s work on Cyclospora chaired by PMA’s Teplitski

The USDA recently announced membership changes to National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods that would focus on strengthening the nation’s food systems through improved production and processing. The National Advisory Committee on Microbiological... more »

E. coli linked to national outbreak traced to organic baby spinach

The Minnesota Department of Health and Minnesota Department of Agriculture are working with the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and public health agencies in other states on an... more »

Jose Emilio Esteban nominated for Under Secretary for Food Safety

President Joe Biden announced Nov. 12 his intent to nominate Jose Emilio Esteban for Under Secretary for Food Safety at the USDA. According to a news release, Esteban is currently the chief scientist for the... more »

Second Edition of USA/Canada Labeling Guide released

United Fresh Produce Association and the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) have announced the release of the Second Edition of the USA/Canada Labeling Guide to support industry understanding of the differences and similarities for labeling... more »

New chair of National Conference for Food Protection is MDARD’s Vought

Rebecca Vought, food safety specialist for the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Food and Dairy Division’s Local Health Services and Emergency Response Unit, was recently elected chair of the Conference for Food... more »

Disease prevention practices for agritourism Michigan survey topic

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), zoonotic diseases are diseases caused by germs that spread between people and animals. Examples of zoonotic pathogens include salmonella, Cryptosporidium, Escherichia coli, influenza viruses and others. These disease... more »

Onions recalled from ProSource Produce LLC and Keeler Family Farms

The FDA, along with Centers for Disease Control and state and local partners, is investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Oranienburg infections linked to whole, fresh onions. FDA’s traceback investigation is ongoing but has identified ProSource Produce,... more »

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