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United Fresh Examines Impact of Food Safety Law

The United Fresh Produce Association has released a new white paper that explores the likely effects of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act.

Available at www.unitedfresh.org, the white paper examines new requirements and regulations under the new law faced by businesses within the fresh produce supply chain.  Included in the report are breakdowns on the ramifications for produce grower-shippers, wholesalers and distributors, fruit and vegetable importers, retailers and food service operators, and food transporters.

 “The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act will mean significant changes for the fruit and vegetable industry,” said Robert Guenther, senior vice president of public policy for United Fresh. “This white paper gives a quick but exhaustive rundown of the major changes that produce industry members can expect under the new law; all in plain English.”

According to United Fresh, in addition to the segment-specific impacts for these sectors, the white paper looks at the legislation’s effect on the industry as a whole, including the aspects of the bill that deal with mandatory recall authority for FDA, traceability, foodborne illness surveillance, food safety education and training, protections against bioterrorism and laboratory testing.

The white paper also includes a quick-reference-style chart showing what new developments can be expected by each sector, as well as a timeline for the implementation of all new regulations under the law.

The white paper can be downloaded here. United Fresh members may download the white paper free of charge; there is a $50 fee for non-members. For more information on the report, please contact Julie Jacocks, United Fresh education manager at jjacocks@unitedfresh.org or 202-303-3400, ext. 405.

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  • Doc Mudd

    How refreshing. There’s no whining from United Fresh – just a simple but thorough ‘roll up our sleeves and get it done right the first time’ approach to making your food safer.
    It is reassuring to witness professionals calmly at work. What a pleasant contrast to the tantrums of amateur cry-babies from the fringes of our modern food system.

  • Further evidence that “Doc Mudd” is a troll.
    Please note that he/she/it is claiming to have read the report that costs $50 to outsiders. That’s a clear indication that she/it/he is a member of United Fresh or connected to one of its favored outsiders (e.g., universities. If it/he/she hasn’t read the report, this is further evidence.
    And, once again, shrill name calling.
    Why does Food Safety News continue to allow this type of denigrating, inflammatory comment? It certainly doesn’t support full discussion of FSN’s articles.

  • Further evidence that “Doc Mudd” is a troll.
    Please note that he/she/it is claiming to have read the report that costs $50 to outsiders. That’s a clear indication that she/it/he is a member of United Fresh or connected to one of its favored outsiders (e.g., universities. If it/he/she hasn’t read the report, this is further evidence.
    And, once again, shrill name calling.
    Why does Food Safety News continue to allow this type of denigrating, inflammatory comment? It certainly doesn’t support full discussion of FSN’s articles.

  • Doc Mudd

    More whining from the amateur fringe.
    What a shock.

  • Yes, for sure, Doc Mudd has to be a troll. Or maybe just a well developed, mind controlled Sheeple educated to regurgitate in a fashionable manner whatever pasteurized government approved news they just ingested from CNN. Either way, Doc Mudd is clearly a success story for the Dumbing Down of America and thereby part of the problem.
    So, Doc, here’s a big hit to your matrix feed: This law is about ANYTHING BUT food safety. It was SUPPORTED by BigAgriBiz and Factory Farms. Why? Because it effectively puts OUT OF BUSINESS all the competition from small, local and organic farmers and food processors. Corporate America absorbs the business AND assets of the bankrupted. Corporate America can easily afford to comply whereas small businesses cannot even begin to. This bill was constructed by Corporate America as a means to an end and a cutesy *sure to sell* title attached. And where does toxic food nearly always come from? Corporate America. If they really cared about food safety, don’t you think they would have elevated their own standards to avoid killing their consumers? This whole bill is a smoke screen and aptly renamed the Faux Food Safety Bill by anyone who has actually not only read it but read between the lines, where the bill writers always like to hide their best stuff.
    And how interesting that it contained not one word about the dangers in our food supply that are directly linked to obesity, cancer and a HUGE host of other health problems. Dangers like High Fructose Corn Syrup, artificial sweeteners, carbonated beverages, low dose antibiotics, steroids, growth hormones, toxic chemical fertilizers already banned in Europe, GMOs, BPA in food *approved* plastics, ground water contamination and the list goes on and on and on and on. Surely things we ingest as food and beverage that contain life threatening contaminants should be addressed in a REAL food safety bill…..shouldn’t they? Just as surely, businesses founded on the principle of and with a history of empowering HEALTH should NOT be driven out of business by a supposed food safety bill…..should they?
    Guess what other section of Corporate America supported this bill…..BIG PHARMA. Now why would they do that? They’re in the business of making *medicine* to cure ills. It would seem counterproductive, wouldn’t it? Ohhhh, well, not if they already knew we would just be getting sicker and sicker as our food supply becomes more and more processed and less safe by the day. NOW it makes sense for Big Pharma to support a bill that would, on the surface, seem to reduce illnesses.
    One last thing, Doc…..I hope you and everyone you know does NOT have a food garden in your back yard. If you really did read the bill, you should already know why.