food safety

University of Maryland Extension offering FSMA training workshops

The University of Maryland Extension will host training workshops in produce safety and preventive control rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) for growers and food processors. Each is a four-day workshop with one... more »

California to receive $11.7M in Produce Safety Rule funding

The California Department of Food and Agriculture was recently awarded $11.7 million for state-level implementation of the Produce Safety Rule under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). This follows the recent Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA)... 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 »

North Carolina awarded $5.3M for produce safety program

The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA&CS) recently received a five-year, $5.3 million grant from the Food and Drug Administration to enhance produce safety. The funding will be used to ensure that North... more »

United Fresh, PMA create working group on listeria

Produce Marketing Association (PMA) and United Fresh Produce Association (United Fresh) are collaborating to address produce-specific challenges surrounding Listeria monocytogenes (Lm). Both organizations have been actively working with their respective members on individual projects related... more »

FDA awards states $21.8 million for produce safety rule implementation

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has awarded a total of $21.8 million to support 42 states to help implement the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) produce safety rule. The rule, which the FDA finalized... more »

United Fresh to offer preventive controls training program

United Fresh has created the Preventive Controls for Human Food Qualified Individual Training Program. Using model plans created by a team of experts convened by United Fresh, and with an emphasis on the food safety... more »

Monte Package receives Primus certification

Monte Package Co. now has its nationwide distribution network 100 percent Primus certified for packaging and supply storage and distribution. The company had each of its three facilities, located in Michigan and Florida, certified through Primus’ 14.09... more »

United’s Washington Conference to feature DOJ session

A workshop at this year’s United Fresh Washington Conference will focus on the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) approach to criminal investigations and prosecution enforcing laws under the Food, Drugs and Cosmetic Act (FD&C). Jeffrey Steger,... more »

Washing vegetables properly can extend shelf life

Washing fruits and vegetables fresh from the field in a properly equipped dunk tank or hydrocooler can be of tremendous benefit, extending the shelf life of the produce and improving its safety to the consumer.... more »

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