Nov 25, 2015
Click here to read the rule in PDF format and click here for the FDA factsheet, which summarizes the rule.
Jan 28, 2015
Jan 23, 2015
Posted 1-23-15 on behalf of Erik Lichtenburg and Aaron Ashok Adalja from the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the Unviersity of Maryland.
Jul 17, 2014
July 17, 2014 GALLIPOLIS, Ohio -- A session set for Aug.
Mar 12, 2014
Not sure what an OSU good agricultural practices (GAPs) class is all about? Rural Action and OSU Extension created a short video to give growers an idea of the topics covered during a GAPs session. The clip is also a great refresher for growers and other produce industry stakeholders who have attended a class in the past. Check it out HERE!
Sep 3, 2013
May 28, 2013
Fruit and vegetable safety is a growing concern. Using proactive methods to reduce the risk of foodborne illness is the takeaway message of this article, recently published in The New York Times.
May 15, 2013
On April 30, stakeholders stood before a panel of government officials during a listening session to express their concerns about the Produce Rule in the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). While most grower questions were answered during the session, some involving an establishment's total food sales and soil amendments required further research. Content below, from Cathy McDermott of the FDA, provides feedback to those unanswered questions:
Jan 4, 2013
The FDA has released the standards for the safe production of fresh fruits and vegetables for human consumption.
This long awaited component of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) builds on the formerly voluntary guide to minimizing microbial contamination of produce.
Dec 17, 2012
We have received a number of questions related to FOOD FACILITY REGISTRATION under the new FDA Food Safety Modernization Act guidelines. But who really needs to register?
The rule says that any facility that manufactures, processes, packs, or holds food for human or animal consumption is required to register as a facility. However, PRODUCE FARMS ARE EXEMPT from this requirement under MOST conditions, even if you are holding it for a period of time BEFORE sale.