Editor’s note: This piece was originally published by The Regulatory Review and is republished here with permission.

Insurance underwriters can help farmers manage the risk of microbial contamination in their fields.

Foodborne illness is a public health problem of pandemic proportions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that

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The South Carolina Department of Agriculture (SCDA) has announced the “On-Farm Improvement Cost Share Program.” 

Through the USDA’s Specialty Crop Block Grant funding administered by SCDA, farmers who are required to comply with the Produce Safety Rule can receive reimbursements up to $2,000 per year per farm for on-farm food
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Editor’s note: The FDA’s Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine Stephen Ostroff combined efforts for this column. 

We know how important it is to get produce safety right. Taking steps to prevent contamination of produce is the primary purpose of the Food Safety Modernization
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Fresh produce growers in the U.S. will have an easier time exporting fruits and vegetables now that an international group has given its stamp of approval to a federal food safety audit program.

The nod from the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) announced Monday grants technical equivalency to the USDA’s
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)  is funding 46 state agriculture departments and one territory with a total of $32.5 million to help implement the Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule.

The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) was quick to salute the funding commitments.

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If you think you’re got problems, try being a farmer. They’re faced with an impressive array of enemies that are waging war on their crops and their livelihoods. These adversaries don’t need sophisticated weapons. They’ve got something more deadly — an arsenal of biological ammunition. And for the most part,
Continue Reading Food safety training, treatments addressed in federal grants