New sprout safety group plans fast action

11/01/2012 03:43:00 PM
Coral Beach

“I wish we could have had everything done yesterday,” Barb Sanderson said, “but government approval just doesn’t work that way. We are glad to see additional industry interest in promoting safe practices and helping consumers understand the nutritional value of sprouts.”

Stephen Grove, a co-coordinator of the FDA-funded group at IFSH, said recently that work is progressing on the curriculum it was charged with developing.

“The technical working group is currently working on at least four different chapters of the curriculum, identifying best practices, discussing content for the chapters, as well as actually writing up the chapters,” Grove said.

“The outreach and education working group (had) their first conference call … and discussed the needs to be addressed in order to disseminate the information to the sprout industry.”


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Roy Ferguson    
Mississauga Ontario Canada  |  November, 02, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Food safety issues seem to be an ever increasing issue when it comes to sprouts. I am ever so pleased to find a group who are tackling the problem so that consumers can have confidence when purchasing sprouts. One issue is that of packaging, does your organization have any recommendations when it come to consumer packaging of sprouts for retail sale. To date I have seen sprouts packed in BOPP, laser perforated BOPP, LLDPE bags, clam shells and open bins. Is there a preferd packaging?

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