Reusable plastic containers used by farmers to ship fresh produce from farms to grocery stores have gained wide usage in the last decade, effectively replacing corrugated boxes with a more environmentally friendly alternative. But two studies — one in Canada and one in the U.S. — have found serious problems with the general sanitation and…

The rare parasite cyclospora has caused at least 235 illnesses in six midwestern states since mid-June, according to state health department reports Friday. On Thursday, that number stood at 206, including case counts in Iowa, Texas and Nebraska. Illnesses were known to have occurred in Wisconsin, but the number of cases there had not yet…

States have farm bills too, and North Carolina’s 2013 edition shows they can be significant. Senate Bill 638, known as the NC Farm Bill of 2013, takes a big bite out of any potential food safety liability fruit and vegetable growers might face while giving more legal protection to those involved in equine and animal…

Nutrition labels on items in the produce section tend to be short, if not absent altogether. While cereals, soups and sauces come with long lists of ingredients on their packaging, an apple doesn’t need an ingredient list for consumers to know what they’re buying (although it arrived at the grocery store in a labeled package),…

Food Safety News examines the potential impact of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s newly proposed produce rules, mandated by the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011. Part of the Food Safety Modernization Act, which has the goal of reducing the incidence of foodborne illness in the U.S., is an update to requirements for produce

Leafy greens, lettuce, cantaloupes, mangoes and strawberries. These are just some of the foods that have sickened or even killed people when they were contaminated with foodborne pathogens such as E. coli, Listeria and Salmonella. Amidst the confusing swirl of information about these and other produce outbreaks, the question arises: Were some of…