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Michelle Greenhalgh

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Is Flooding Cause for Food Safety Concerns?

After torrential downpour soaked their fields, some soybean farmers are being advised that they may have to destroy their crops as a food safety precaution. At issue is a 2009 notice from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration regarding the effect of natural disasters on food safety.  Because flooding can cause crops to be contaminated by… Continue Reading

Tracking Food Back to the Field

On today’s grocery shelves, it’s commonplace for produce from all over the world to be displayed side by side, regardless of the season.  It’s not unusual, in fact it’s expected, to see lettuce or tomatoes from California in New England grocery stores even as the snow begins to fall. With produce traveling further than ever… Continue Reading

Eisenberg Joins United Fresh Produce Association

Barry A. Eisenberg has been named vice president of food safety services for  United Fresh Produce Association, the big Washington, D.C.-based industry association and lobbying group.  In announcing the move, United Fresh president and CEO Tom Stenzel said, “Dr. Eisenberg’s 25-year food safety career provides him a wealth of knowledge and expertise that will be… Continue Reading

Food Protection Institute Exceeds Training Goal

The International Food Protection Training Institute (IFPTI) announced this week that it has trained 1,138 food safety regulators, exceeding its training goal of 1,000 officials for 2010.   The institute is a non-profit organization that provides standards-based food protection training to state and local food safety officials.  The institute’s training is meant to assure state… Continue Reading

Michael Jacobson Wins Foundation Hero Award

Co-founder and executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), Michael F. Jacobson, received the 2010 Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Foundation Hero Award this week. The CDC Foundation honored Jacobson for his, “instrumental role in improving public health by championing science-based nutrition and food safety initiatives, empowering consumers to make… Continue Reading

‘Locally Grown’ Gets Bay State’s Seal of Approval

The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) and farm, fishery and forestry leaders this week announced the “Commonwealth Quality” joint initiative, a program to promote local agriculture and help consumers more easily identify products that are produced, harvested, and responsibly processed in the Bay State. The initiative is a collaborative venture between DAR and representatives… Continue Reading

PMA, Sysco Bring Food Safety Training to Orlando

The Produce Marketing Association (PMA), Sysco Corporation and Primuslabs.com will hold a local grower training in Orlando, FL on October 13. The one-day workshop is designed to help local growers explore the challenges of implementing a company food safety plan, meet the requirements of restaurant and retail outlets, and above all, protect their business and bottom… Continue Reading

Slaughter Says Military at Risk from Superbugs

U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY), chairwoman of the House Rules Committee, submitted testimony on the threat to the U.S. military posed by antibiotic-resistant pathogens. Slaughter, who has called for limits on dispensing antibiotics to food animals, testified before the House Armed Services Committee hearing “Fighting Superbugs: DOD’s Response to Multidrug-Resistant Infections in Military Treatment Facilities.” The… Continue Reading