AMS offers webinars for produce industry
A series of Web seminars from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service is designed to help fresh produce companies better understand the regulations that pertain to growing, handling, shipping, distributing and selling their commodities.
The series is free and all sessions are archived on the AMS Fruit and Vegetable Program website after their initial presentation. For additional details, visit http://tinyurl.com/AMS-series on the Internet.
Upcoming seminar topics include: the Perishable Agriculture Commodities Act on April 25; marketing orders and agreements on July 18; and fresh produce market inspection basics on Aug. 16.
Arrowhead to trace spuds back to field
With the help of a $300,000 Value-Added Producer Grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Arrowhead Potato Co. plans to soon be able to trace each and every spud back to the specific field where it was grown.
Klade Williams, chief financial officer for the Rupert, Idaho-based potato packer/shipper, said anticipated traceability requirements from the federal government was one factor behind Arrowhead requesting the grant.
Williams and Arrowhead general manager Ron Jones both said they did not want to be in a position of having to catch up.
To “stay ahead of the curve,” Williams wrote the grant request seeking money for new machinery, software and employee training.
The company has 48 full-time employees and ships potatoes for about 10 farms, including sister company Moss Produce.
BioSafe Systems offers food safety products
A new activated peroxide product from BioSafe Systems LLC is 99.9% effective against a variety of bacteriological pathogens and a safe alternative to chlorine-based products, according to the East Hartford, Conn.-based company.
Justin Crane, BioSafe post harvest/food safety brand manager, said SaniDate Sanitizing Wipes are compliant with National Organic Program standards for use in organic operations, and are available in bulk quantities for commercial customers.
The wipes are registered with the Environmental Protection Agency and designed to eliminate bacteria without leaving harmful residues. No rinsing is necessary after their use. They are designed for use on hard, non-porous surfaces such as those present in fresh-cut produce facilities and foodservice operations.
BioSafe also recently introduced OxiDate 2.0 bactericide/fungicide. The product is designed for spray and aerial application to crops. It contains an activated peroxygen formulation using a 2% peracetic acid in combination with stabilized hydrogen peroxide to combat fungal and bacterial pathogens.