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Trump sheds little light on food safety plans; names advisers

Even though President Donald Trump did not mention food safety in his first speech before a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night, one observer with a finely tuned food safety focus says the new commander-in-chief might be heading in a good direction. With the announcement Monday that Ray Starling will be part of the… Continue Reading

Nightmare prevention: Comprehensive, compliant records

The fourth in a four-part series brought to you by Par Technology Corp.

Area hospitals in Chicago see a string of illnesses due to E coli O157, with more cases quickly popping up across the state. A look into the sick patients’ activities reveals they all ate sprouts at a popular sandwich chain, triggering an investigation down the supply chain. It isn’t long till the Food and Drug Administration… Continue Reading

Largest food facilities must meet preventive rule by Sept. 16

“It’s a lot to take in — like drinking from a fire hose.” That’s how Donna Garren, regulatory affairs and technical specialist with the American Frozen Food Institute, describes the challenge that food facilities are grappling with as they move toward the deadline for compliance with the Food and Drug Administration’s preventive controls rule for… Continue Reading

Tech+intellect = 100% consumers at CPS Research Symposium

SEATTLE — The mood was upbeat as the Center for Produce Safety’s seventh annual Research Symposium opened. “Welcome to our coming-out party,” said an enthusiastic Steve Patricio, the center’s board chairman, as he welcomed more than 300 attendees to the two days of research reports about food safety in the fresh produce industry. Patricio, president and chief executive… Continue Reading

Growers eye FDA’s Produce Safety Rule from ground level

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

U.S. and Canada agree their food safety systems are comparable

The United States and Canada have comparable food safety systems, a fact that has now been officially recognized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The food safety systems for Australia and the European Union are likely coming soon. The U.S. and New Zealand have had an agreement that their systems are comparable since… Continue Reading

Produce industry questions Chipotle protestors’ motivation

Protests at two Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants Thursday by individuals purporting to be food safety advocates were actually publicity stunts staged by the Teamsters to cast a shadow on fresh produce supplier Taylor Farms, according to industry associations. The day before the protest, the union cited Taylor Farms’ food recalls, alleged food safety violations at the… Continue Reading

FDA’s Senior Food Safety Adviser Leaving for Produce Marketing Association

Jim Gorny, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s senior adviser on produce safety at the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, has been named vice president of food safety and technology at the Produce Marketing Association, the group announced on Tuesday. Gorny, who begins his new role at PMA on May 1, has been… Continue Reading

Nearly 80 Percent of Produce Growers Will Be Exempt from New Food Safety Rule

According to produce industry experts, there are no real surprises in the lengthy proposed rule for produce safety, which has been widely hailed as a big step toward a preventive food safety system. For the most part, the proposal, which would for the first time mandate preventative practices across the industry, follows well known best… Continue Reading

PMA Chief Warns Members About Food Safety

One of the nation’s largest fresh fruit and vegetable organizations, the Produce Marketing Association, just wrapped up its annual “Fresh Summit” in Atlanta with a warning from its chief executive officer. Bryan Silbermann, PMA president, told his members their biggest challenge is combatting deadly foodborne illness outbreaks during a time of rapidly growing demand for… Continue Reading