Editor’s note: This is a letter sent by a large coalition of consumer and industry groups to Jane Henney, the chair of the Independent Expert Panel – FDA Human Foods Program of the Reagan-Udall FoundationContinue Reading Coalition asks review panel to consider food leader for upper echelon at FDA
The public and industry had the opportunity this week to hear FDA representatives talk about a proposed rule regarding how to make water used in the growing of fresh produce safer.
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, …
Continue Reading $5 million raised toward $15 million goal; industry emphasizes importance of produce safety
Major players like the Produce Marketing Association, the United Fresh Produce Association, and Western Growers went on record in support of new organic regulations just before an official comment period ended on Oct. 5.
Continue Reading USDA collects comments on organic changes, moving on to final rule
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,…
Continue Reading Publisher’s Platform: Captain Obvious — Nearby cow shit can cause E. coli outbreaks in leafy greens
It’s a rare day when two multistate and one single state outbreaks of E. coli O157:H7 are declared over.
It’s likely even a first-time event, just another in the odyssey that’s played out since late…
Continue Reading E. coli outbreaks may be over, but without a source or root cause for the romaine problem
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…
Continue Reading Recommendations on romaine, leafy greens soon to move to implementation stage
An E. coli outbreak traced to chopped romaine lettuce has spread to another five states and public health officials are reporting a hospitalization rate of almost 60 percent, which is twice the usual rate.
Chopped romaine lettuce grown in the Yuma, AZ area is the likely source to date of this year’s only multistate E. coli O157: H7 outbreak, and it is not over.
The federal Centers for Disease…
Continue Reading Yuma area grew romaine lettuce that’s likely causing E. coli outbreak
An industry trade group representing California and Arizona produce growers isn’t happy with a recent federal court decision striking down government guidance for using composted municipal green waste on organic farms. In a statement released…
Continue Reading Judge strikes down USDA compost guidance, orders a do-over