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Largest food facilities must meet preventive rule by Sept. 16

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“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

Bob Whitaker of the Produce Marketing Association, is on the board of directors for the Center for Produce Safety and is a member of its Technical Committee.

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

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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

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

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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

Protestors affiliated with the Teamsters union handed out leaflets outside two Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants in California Thursday. They cited food safety concerns about fresh produce supplier Taylor Farms. Produce industry trade groups were quick to defend Taylor Farms, saying the protests were a publicity stunt related to a labor dispute.

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

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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

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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

Q&A: Why the Produce Industry Opposes Tester

As part of our ongoing expert Q&A series, a conversation with Bob Whitaker, the Produce Marketing Association’s Chief Science Officer:  After working with Congress to get comprehensive food safety legislation in the pipeline, the Produce Marketing Association joined 19 other big produce interest groups last week to oppose S.510, a bill they’d been actively supporting,… 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