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Yuma area grew romaine lettuce that’s likely causing E. coli outbreak

Chopped romaine lettuce grown in the Yuma, AZ area is the likely source to date of this year’s only multistate E. coli O157: H7 outbreak, and it is not over. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta Friday updated their report on the 11-state outbreak involving 35 confirmed E. coli case… Continue Reading

Taylor: Reproposed FSMA Rules Are ‘Close’

Don’t expect comment period extensions for the reproposed rules regarding the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). That’s what Michael Taylor, the Food and Drug Administration’s deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine, told attendees Wednesday at the United Fresh Produce Association Washington Conference. He said he had hoped to be discussing details of the reissued produce… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Produce Growers Get Early Christmas Present


Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus, and his name is Mike Taylor. Produce farmers and processors got an early Christmas present on Dec. 19 when Taylor, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine, made it official. The produce safety and preventive control rules to implement the Food Safety… Continue Reading

Produce Association Joins Call for Makeover of FSMA Rules

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A late-blooming plan to ease the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s current rulemaking to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) has picked up a powerful lobbying ally. The Hagstrom Report, the digital agricultural news service available by subscription, on Wednesday reported that the United Fresh Produce Association (UFPA) is getting behind an effort to… Continue Reading

FDA Considering Extension of FSMA Produce Safety Comment Deadline

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is considering extending the May 16 comment deadline on the produce safety rule in response to multiple requests by stakeholders, an agency official said Monday. “That’s seriously being considered,” said James Gorny, the agency’s Senior Adviser for Produce Safety, when asked about the possibility of an extension during a… Continue Reading

The Best of Food Safety: The Food Industry

Last week, Food Safety News acknowledged leaders in government, education, non-government organizations, consumer groups and the media who help keep our food supply safe.  Today we end our series focusing on food safety leaders by naming names in the food industry. Of course, no list is ever complete so if you think we’ve forgotten someone, please leave us… Continue Reading

United Fresh Asks FDA to Extend Comment Period for FSMA Feedback

United Fresh announced this week the association has submitted a request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to extend the comment period on certain provisions in the proposed Produce and Preventive Controls Rules, the drafts of which were released by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for comment last month. Several provisions currently… 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