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On the front lines of food safety — farmworkers have your back

More retailers seek produce, peace of mind from growers certified by the Equitable Food Initiative

Who better than the people in the front lines to recognize and call out the enemy? That’s the underlying strategy of an approach to food safety that relies on farmworkers to spot possible problems in growing fields and packing sheds. Such problems include deer droppings in the field, manure drift from a nearby field, dirty… Continue Reading

Food safety initiative puts farmworkers front and center

When the topic is food safety, the first things that might come to mind for many are the farmers growing the food, the stores selling the food, and even the public health scientists who are testing the food to make sure it doesn’t contain any pathogens that could make us sick — or even kill… Continue Reading

Farmworkers will help you comply, if you help them

Opinion

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In today’s fresh produce supply chain, foodborne illness is a major challenge for growers and retailers who take pride in providing nutritious and healthful fruits and vegetables to consumers. The industry has made significant strides during the past two decades to reduce the likelihood of pathogen transmission, but the ongoing prevalence of outbreaks and recalls… Continue Reading

Farmworker Housing Linked to Consumer Demand for Safe Food

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When a farmworker and her children were discovered living in a decommissioned walk-in freezer due to lack of housing, Marty Miller, executive director of the Office of Rural Development and Farm Worker Housing in Yakima, WA, was dismayed — but not surprised. “Unfortunately, not surprised,” Miller told Food Safety News. “I had already heard or… Continue Reading