A new research report from the food industry shows investigations of leafy greens foodborne illness outbreaks could be streamlined if produce was labeled with traceable codes, something food safety experts have been urging for decades.

For four months food industry researchers reviewed supply chain partners including growers, distributors and both
Continue Reading Industry researchers say traceability comes down to label codes

On Sep. 8 at 2 p.m. EDT, the Produce Marketing Association (PMA), United Fresh, and Western Growers (WGA) are revisiting selected research presentations from the 2020 Center for Produce Safety Virtual Research Symposium. The webinar is titled CPS Research Symposium Review: Bringing Executive Summaries to Life.

This year’s symposium provided
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This is not meant as a criticism of my friends at the FDA or the good people at LGMA – California and Arizona – or at Western Growers, United Fresh or PMA.  But seriously, since leafy green E. coli O157:H7outbreaks spiked in the early 2000’s, is anyone surprised by
Continue Reading Publisher’s Platform: Captain Obvious — Nearby cow shit can cause E. coli outbreaks in leafy greens

Produce industry leaders say work to review and improve food safety measures for romaine lettuce and other leafy greens is on track and should mostly be wrapped up in March 2020, two years after a deadly outbreak.

Once the recommendations are in place, work toward implementation will begin, with the
Continue Reading Recommendations on romaine, leafy greens soon to move to implementation stage

The new auditable agriculture water standards adopted a week ago by California’s leafy greens industry were embraced Thursday by two powerful industry groups.

Testing water for pathogens has always been required by the California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement (LGMA). But in response to three consecutive E. coli outbreak associated with
Continue Reading Produce industry lines up behind new agriculture water standards

“Guarded optimism.” That’s the way Elston Grubaugh, general manager of the Wellton-Mohawk Irrigation and Drainage District in the eastern Yuma, AZ, growing area describes his thoughts about the current romaine lettuce season.

In 2018, an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infections linked to romaine lettuce grown in the Yuma area
Continue Reading Yuma romaine growers hopeful harvest will end without E. coli issues

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
Continue Reading Global group says US food safety audit program is OK; fresh produce exports should increase

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
Continue Reading Taylor: Reproposed FSMA Rules Are ‘Close’