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The FDA’s newly released 2020 Leafy Greens STEC Action Plan offers a well-worn list of produce safety agenda items. Like previous agency action plans, this latest plan pledges support for efforts to encourage good agricultural practices (known as “GAPs”), make inspections more reliable, and enhance outbreak investigations.

Since the first GAPS for fresh produce were developed by industry associations in California in the late 1990s, the central challenge in produce safety has been the lack of any scientific basis for specific, measurable, effective metrics for reducing the risk of microbial contamination via agricultural water, soil amendments, animal intrusion,
Continue Reading The FDA’s latest leafy greens action plan is more of the same

With the release of his new book — “Outbreak: Foodborne Illness and the Struggle for Food Safety” — Timothy D. Lytton seeks to shine a light into some of the more dimly lit corners of the U.S. food system’s safety checks and balances.

Now available from Amazon.com and the University of Chicago Press, the book provides a history and analysis of the country’s food safety system. Lytton gives particular attention to business-to-business elements in the U.S. system, including private audits and liability insurance.

In the book Lytton, a University of Georgia law professor, describes food safety efforts in the
Continue Reading Lytton analyzes food safety from Mom’s countertop to top B2B relationships