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CA leafy greens audits reveal more compliance than citations

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Hundreds of audits of California leafy greens operations during the 2015-2016 season found 99.5-percent compliance with industry food safety standards, according to the latest annual report from the Sacramento-based California Leafy Greens Products Handler Marketing Agreement (LGMA). LGMA reported there were 470 announced and unannounced audits during last year and this year of its approximately 100… Continue Reading

Cost of traceability negated by legal, marketing benefits

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Editor’s note: This is the third piece in a four-part series. The final installment is scheduled to publish Oct. 3. One step forward and one step back might be sufficient in the context of a boot scootin’ line dance, but in the context of foodborne illness outbreaks and increasingly long, complex supply chains, consumers and… Continue Reading

Many get more time to meet FSMA record-keeping challenges

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(Editor’s note: This is Part 2 of a four-part series. Subsequent parts will post on the next two Mondays.) Some say today is why so many in the food industry missed out on summer. Today is the compliance day for two major elements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), meaning it’s time to begin… Continue Reading

World’s food facilities must renew their registrations to distribute in U.S.

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One of the biggest enforcement tools the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is the power to withdraw a food facility’s registration. That’s what the agency did to shut down an organic peanut butter plant in New Mexico in 2012 to help bring a 20-state Salmonella Brendeney… Continue Reading

States get $21.8 million from FDA to help farms comply with produce rule

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States looking for financial assistance to help them help farmers comply with FSMA’s Produce Safety Rule recently got some welcome news from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. FDA announced that it was awarding $21.8 million to 42 states to help plan, establish and/or enhance produce safety programs. The 2016-17 grant amounts range from $1.02 million to California… Continue Reading

Industry bends FDA’s ear on import safety rules at public meetings

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It will be easier for affected businesses to comply with import safety programs mandated by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) if more and better information from the government is more quickly shared and limitations faced by small and mid-sized firms are taken into account. Those were some of the many sentiments expressed at three… Continue Reading

Help wanted: Job sites, academic programs focus on food safety

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As American consumers become increasingly concerned about the quality of their food, there’s been an enhanced focus on food safety in the academic and employment fields. Programs leading to degrees and certifications in food safety are growing, along with jobs handling quality assurance in the food industry and auditing producers for compliance with the Food Safety… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Off to Chile

Opinion

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How many times has this happened to you? You pack up food to take up to the ski condo so on Sunday morning you can pull out the pancake and waffle mixes to make breakfast without having to go out. After all, the overnight snow has left a foot on the truck and it’s still coming… Continue Reading

Produce group applauds extension of food safety deadlines

Opinion

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The extension and clarification of compliance dates released Aug. 23 by FDA, combined with the draft guidance documents released Aug. 23-24, enable the fresh produce industry to better understand how to comply with the applicable rules. We appreciate that FDA heard and responded to our concerns and requests. FDA recognizes that packinghouses should have the same… Continue Reading

FDA seeks comments; extends food safety deadlines

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Today the government is scheduled to open a six-month public comment period on drafts of guidance documents that are designed to help food company operators meet new regulations — some of which have compliance deadlines in less than one month. With the publication of the first five out of 14 chapters of guidance documents today,… Continue Reading