The Food and Drug Administration has formed a partnership with the Yuma, Ariz., leafy greens industry and other groups in a multi-year study to determine how crops in the area are getting contaminated with pathogens.
California’s Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement has released a list of steps the group and others in the produce industry, as well as regulators, have taken to address E. coli outbreaks linked to romaine lettuce.
As part of implementing FSMA policies, Bee Sweet Citrus, Fowler, Calif., has installed a new wash line and bin washing system for its navel oranges and has boosted its Environmental Monitoring Program.
For the second year in a row, the California Department of Food and Agriculture has contracted with Safe Food Alliance for training related to the Food Safety Modernization Act in Central and Southern California.
Western Growers has launched an interactive website that allows the public to participate in discussions relating to leafy greens food safety and the industry to follow the process to strengthen those guidelines.
After a tough year for the southeastern produce industry, more than 3,400 of those growers and packers started the new year afresh at the Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference in Savannah, Ga.
As the Yuma, Ariz., lettuce season begins, growers there will be following new food safety standards after an industry-led massive effort dug into the possible causes of an E. coli outbreak linked to Yuma romaine.