On Friday, the FDA released a fact sheet and constituent update to remind produce stakeholders of the upcoming end of the intended enforcement discretion period for the harvest and post-harvest agricultural water requirements in the Produce Safety Rule for covered produce other than sprouts.

For large farms covered by the

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The Center for Produce Safety (CPS) has now raised more than $5 million toward its $15 million goal to finance produce-specific food safety research, and to transfer research findings to industry, government and other stakeholders, during the next five years. 

Dave Puglia is the president and
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Farmers-market_406x250Farmers who want to sell their produce in certain markets, such as big-box stores, have to get certain food safety certifications, but not everyone can afford to scale up. USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is trying to help. An increasing number of retailers require their suppliers to have Good Agricultural
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