food safety

Industry remembers Western Growers’ Hank Giclas

Hank Giclas, who served the fresh produce industry in a variety of roles for 30 years at Western Growers, has died. “Hank Giclas dedicated himself, totally and fully, in service to the people of the... more »

Government remains credible source of safety information, consumer survey finds

Almost two-thirds of consumers state that they have confidence in government agencies to protect food safety, according to a recent research project conducted by the Alliance for Food and Farming (AFF). And, 78% of consumers... more »

Former United Fresh CEO to lead CEA Food Safety Coalition

The Controlled Environment Agriculture Food Safety Coalition (CEA FSC) has retained The Stenzel Group LLC to provide management services, appointing former United Fresh Produce Association President and CEO Tom Stenzel as its new executive director.... more »

Fresh Express shares food safety story through videos

Fresh Express has unveiled an insider’s look at advancements in its all-inclusive food safety and quality program in a video series that covers supply chain-wide critical controls and procedures from field to table. The video... more »

Center for Produce Safety elects Joe Pezzini as chair

Joe Pezzini is setting a personal tone for his tenure as the new chair of Center for Produce Safety’s Board of Directors. Pezzini, senior director of agricultural operations for Taylor Farms, was elected chair June... more »

USDA specialty crop program offsets up to $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 »

UGA study looks to lettuce microbes for food safety solutions

Often referred to as leafy greens, lettuce and other similar vegetables are a common source of foodborne illnesses. The contamination of lettuce with Escherichia coli O157:H7, also known as EcO157, has been a grave concern... more »

Project seeks bio-based coatings to minimize cross-contamination

Nitin Nitin, Ph.D., 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. As a result, he is leading research into... more »

IFPA comments on proposed ag water changes

Support for regulations with flexibility that allow fruit and vegetable growers to manage risks unique to their production environment as well as calls for a final rule were among the key messages delivered by the... 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 »

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