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Food Defense Rule designed to combat intentional adulteration

FBI photo of man who sprayed rat poison on grocery store food

From the books they left behind, we know that ancient people from all cultural and religious backgrounds feared that their enemies might poison their food. Our fear that our enemies might poison our food supply increased after airplanes were used as missiles to attack the United States on Sept. 11, 2001. That’s why food defense has been… Continue Reading

Review finds LGMA compares favorably with FDA produce rule

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An expert panel has found that the best practices guidelines already followed by California and Arizona growers compares favorably with the new Produce Safety Rule now finalized under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). All four reviewers on the panel say that the Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement’s (LGMA’s) food safety guidelines provide the same kind… Continue Reading

Growers eye FDA’s Produce Safety Rule from ground level

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The fresh produce industry is watching closely as enforceable requirements in the FDA’s Produce Safety Rule gradually come into play at ground level. The rule is one of seven the agency has drafted to implement facets of the sweeping 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Published in the Federal Register on Nov. 27, 2015, the final version of… Continue Reading

No checklists? Your food safety plan is incomplete

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There’s a reason Santa and Mom always use checklists. They work. It’s no different in the realm of food safety. Make a list, check it twice, have a backup plan. In many ways, that’s what the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and its accompanying rules are all about — preventing problems through a systematic, science-based… Continue Reading

New normal this fall: Assess, control, verify and document

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The movement of U.S. food safety efforts away from a reactive, punitive measures to a preventive system of safeguards has many food company owners fizzing. The Food Safety Modernization Act — known as FSMA in written materials and pronounced “fizz-ma” by business and regulatory people — is the source of the trepidation along the food… Continue Reading

More local food, more food safety risk, more federal grants

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With industry reporting that sales of “local foods” more than doubled from 2008 to 2014, concerns about public safety also increased, spurring the U.S. Department of Agriculture to offer almost $5 million in new food safety grants. The money is to help smaller operations comply with new food safety guidelines established by the Food and… Continue Reading

OSHA finalizes protection for food safety whistleblowers

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Food company employees — from field workers to grocery store clerks — are on the front lines of food safety efforts but are sometimes reluctant to speak up about problems because they fear retaliation. A new rule, published Monday in the Federal Register, defines whistleblower protections for employees who disclose information about potential food safety problems…. Continue Reading

Small plus local doesn’t equal a free pass on food safety

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There’s a revolution going on in a grocery store near you. Fueled by consumer demand, it has been dubbed the “fresh revolution” by industry heavyweights such as the United Fresh Produce Association. It’s all about fresh produce — fruits and vegetables that nutritionists are praising as “healthy foods” and that shoppers are increasingly seeking out…. Continue Reading

Hawaii’s macadamia nut industry faces Salmonella challenge

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Captain Cook, HI — The Big Island features five volcanoes, black sand beaches and eight different climate zones. And, it produces world-famous Kona coffee and macadamia nuts. “Mac” nuts, as they’re called here, are actually native to Australia. They were introduced to Hawaii in the late 1880s and gradually became an important export crop by… Continue Reading

New dietary guidelines show potential conflict between safe and healthy

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Time was that food and medicine were two different things. Food was for eating and medicine was for curing diseases. It was as simple as that. Take a look at the recently released 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and you’ll see that things have changed. Food is now viewed as a form of preventive medicine… Continue Reading