food safety

Bob Whitaker to step down as PMA chief science and tech officer

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 »

Contaminants pose challenges for vegetable producers

Contaminants are a major concern for vegetable processors and packers. Consequently, quality control/food safety programs have been developed by vegetable companies to reduce the risk of tainted products. One major concern in processed vegetables is... more »

Growers to develop custom food safety manuals at upcoming workshop

A workshop next week will help growers create customized food safety manuals for their farms. The one-day, hands-on workshop will take place Tuesday, Aug. 8 at Fort Valley State University in Fort Valley, Georgia. The... more »

Produce safety session draws Colorado association members

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 »

Listeria bacteria can hide inside tissue of romaine lettuce

A Purdue University study shows that the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes can live inside the tissue of romaine lettuce, suggesting that conventional post-harvest sanitization practices might not be sufficient to kill the potentially lethal pathogen. Research... more »

United Fresh publishes recall resource guide

The United Fresh Produce Association has published the Recall Resource Guide to help the produce industry prepare for potential recall events as part of the association’s Recall Ready suite of services. The new resource provides... more »

New food safety 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 »

FDA issues draft guidance for sprout operations

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued draft guidance to assist sprout operations subject to the Produce Safety Rule (80 FR 74353), and primarily focuses on assisting such operations in complying with the... more »

Produce Safety Alliance offering Train-the-Trainer courses

Train-the-Trainer courses by the Produce Safety Alliance are well underway for 2016, with courses in 2017 already scheduled. PSA's Train-the-Trainer courses are for produce safety educators and others who work with fruit and vegetable growers... more »

Plan for food safety recalls before they happen

Preparing for a food safety recall can be daunting, but a little planning can go a long way, according to Amy Philpott, a senior director at Watson Green, a communications firm based in Washington, D.C.... more »


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