No one wants customers to get sick. That was the message that University of Vermont Extension food safety specialist Londa Nwadike used to start off her recent webinar presentation about food safety tips for farmers market vendors and managers. With an eye toward the benefits of following good food safety protocol at markets, Nwadike was…

You’re there at your favorite farmers market. As always, you stop by one of  the farm stands where you regularly shop to buy some fresh veggies and fruit. The farmer greets you with a welcoming smile and asks how you liked the food you bought from him last week. Giving him a strong affirmative nod,…

The few Colorado farmers who grow the same brand of cantaloupe implicated in last year’s Listeria outbreak — the most deadly outbreak of foodborne illness in the U.S. in decades — are falling into line with growing and packing reforms that originated in California.

The California-centered U.S. cantaloupe industry is bending other growing areas to …

The popularity of farmers markets and direct farm-to-market sales, such as Community Supported Agriculture, is growing nationwide. The mission of the “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food” program through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is to “strengthen local and regional food systems.”

It’s working. According to the USDA, the numbers of farmers markets across …

Following the massive European E. coli outbreak linked to sprouts grown from contaminated seeds this spring, the European Commission requested that the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) conduct an analysis of the specific threats facing the safety of sprouts and how best to combat them. 

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Last week the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) released the …

For large farming operations, food safety audits are commonplace. Many buyers require them before purchasing produce. However, small farms are rarely inspected by auditors, because the cost of implementing a safety plan can be too expensive.

That’s where Bridging the GAPs – a program designed to help small and mid-sized growers find a way to…

The GlobalG.A.P. Tour 2011 conference Oct. 17 and 18 in Atlanta will bring together fresh produce industry-leading speakers and delegates to discuss safety and sustainability in the context of Good Agriculture Practices next week.

Among the scheduled sessions are:

— GAP in a Global Perspective: How to Move an Entire Supply Chain Towards Safety and …