Hepatitis A outbreak linked to fresh blackberries

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local partners, are investigating a multistate outbreak of hepatitis A illnesses in Indiana, Nebraska, and Wisconsin potentially linked to fresh conventional (non-organic) blackberries from the grocery store, Fresh Thyme Farmers Market.

FDA still seeking source of Maryland Caesar Salad E coli outbreak

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The Food and Drug Administration released this statement November 20: Consumers are advised not to eat …

Video: Applying food safety knowledge in the packinghouse

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Matt Miles, facilities manager for Allan Bros. Inc., Naches, WA, says once you accept that listeria could be anywhere in a packinghouse, you can work to systematically eliminate it.

No recall, Ready Pac says, for salads linked to Maryland E. coli outbreak

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The salads potentially linked to a cluster of E. Coli O157:H7 illnesses are significantly past their use-by dates, and it does not affect any product currently on store shelves, the company says.

FDA begins yearlong romaine sampling program

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This domestic sampling assignment may include wholesalers, foodservice distribution centers, and commercial cooling and cold storage facilities, including on-farm holding facilities. Samples will only be collected after harvest and not from farm fields.

Center for Produce Safety funds water treatment research

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he Center for Produce Safety (CPS) has funded its first-ever research project to study the effectiveness of various agricultural water treatments, awarding $200,000 to a team led by University of Arizona's Channah Rock, Ph.D.

CPMA and PMA announce plan to end issuing of generic UPCs

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The use of brand owner-specific UPCs or Global Trade Item Numbers (GTINs) captures the brand owner and product identification while also providing a number of benefits including the globally unique identification of fresh produce.

Fresh Seasons Kitchen recalls vegetable cups with Mann Packing ingredients

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Taher, Inc., in conjunction with Mann Packing Co., as part of a multi-state recall due to the potential risk of Listeria monocytogenes, in an abundance of caution is announcing a voluntary recall of vegetable cups served in select locations in Minnesota.

IFCO verifies sanitation process effective against tomato virus

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he latest food safety testing conducted on IFCO Reusable Plastic Containers (RPCs) has confirmed damaging pathogens – viruses and bacteria – are removed or deactivated by IFCO’s cleaning, wash and sanitation process. Testing was conducted by a certified independent laboratory.

United Fresh Seeks Public Comments for Revisions to the Produce GAPs Harmonized Standard

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United Fresh has opened the public comment period to the just-posted redline version of the Produce GAPs Harmonized Standard, detailing the proposed revisions that were reviewed by the Technical Working Group at their September meeting.