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Trevor Suslow

Leafy greens outbreak research on agenda at CPS symposium

A diverse array of research about fresh produce and food safety are on the agenda for the annual Center for Produce Safety Symposium, ranging from protective edible films for fruit to what can be done to prevent outbreaks related to leafy greens. The symposium is scheduled for June 19 and 20 in Charlotte Marriott City… Continue Reading

No quick or easy answers for using raw manure on food crops

Watch children’s first reactions at a dairy farm and you’ll see their hands quickly going up to their faces and their fingers pinching their nostrils shut. “What’s that awful smell,” they’ll ask the farmer. For a farmer who hasn’t hosted groups of students before, the first expression crossing his or her face might be one… Continue Reading

Important Clarification of FSMA Produce Rule Ag Water Compliance Dates

Opinion

Boy did I get this wrong…but so did many others…most seriously, some domestic and international trainers and Lead Trainers providing the Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Grower Training programs. At this time, two diametrically opposed understandings and information transfer communications of the compliance dates for growers to have completed initial water‐testing profiles are still propagated in some… Continue Reading

Mr. Roboto meets Polk Salad Annie

Chowbotics hopes to deploy Sally the Salad Robot vending machines in break rooms, cafeterias

Holy Jane Jetson. Picture this. You walk into the breakroom at work and instead of – or in addition to – the tired-looking ham/chicken/egg salad sandwiches and cans of chili, there’s a vending machine chock full of fresh romaine, kale, arugula, snow peas, fresh edamame, cherry tomatoes and more. Meet Sally the Salad Robot. Not… Continue Reading

Expert survey says: You can’t test your way to food safety

Recent foodborne illness outbreaks have pushed pathogen testing into the headlines, with national restaurant chains and local eateries touting negative test results as positive news. Executives for the Denver-based fast-food burrito chain Chipotle Mexican Grill are relying on pathogen testing of fresh produce as part of their response to six foodborne outbreaks in the last… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: World Ag Expo

Opinion

With no preparation time, I found myself dropped into the World Ag Expo in Tulare, CA, this past week. I was sent in to substitute for the publisher on a food safety panel, totally unaware it was being held at an event which is the world’s largest agricultural exposition. Like the 1 percent who defend… Continue Reading