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Village Farms uses IPM, reducing need for pesticides

- General News
Creepy crawly bugs come in all shapes and sizes in this great wide world of ours, and we know that every insect plays a part in keeping our environment in balance.

Asian specialty mushrooms recalled due to Listeria risk

- General News
The Food and Drug Administration issued recall alerts for enoki and seafood variety specialty mushrooms imported from Asia from several companies because of a risk of Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

FDA Romaine sampling program in 2019-20 found no pathogens

- General News
The FDA conducted a small, focused assignment in 2019 and 2020 to collect samples of raw agricultural commodity romaine lettuce to test for pathogenic Escherichia coli (specifically, Shiga toxin-producing E. coli or STEC) and Salmonella spp., microbial hazards repeatedly linked to foodborne illnesses associated with romaine lettuce consumption.

FDA seeks innovative traceability tools, opens dialogue on advancing food safety with technology

- General News
FDA says it's working differently to enhance food traceability and support the use of technology to strengthen the food safety system.

Eastern Cantaloupe Growers Association launches Flavor of Sunshine Campaign for 2021

- General News
The Eastern Cantaloupe Growers Association (ECGA), a leading food safety and advocacy group for Eastern Cantaloupe growers in the Midwest and eastern U.S., has announced the launch of its Flavor of Sunshine campaign to support the 2021 Eastern Cantaloupe season.

FDA to start sampling lettuce grown in Salinas Valley, CA

- General News
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will be collecting and testing samples of lettuce grown in California’s Salinas Valley from local commercial coolers from May through November 2021.

CEA Food Safety Coalition launches food safety standard for indoor-grown produce

- General News
The CEA Food Safety Coalition, comprised of leaders in the controlled environment agriculture industry, today announced the first-ever food safety certification program specifically for CEA-grown leafy greens.

Golden Medal Mushroom recalls enoki mushrooms

- General News
Golden Medal Mushroom Inc. of Los Angeles, CA is recalling all cases of its 200g/7.05-ounce packages of Enoki Mushrooms (Product of Korea) because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

CA LGMA endorses pre-harvest testing to reduce outbreaks

- General News
Last week the California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement Board endorsed new Pre-Harvest Testing guidance in an effort to prevent foodborne illness outbreaks associated with leafy greens.

FDA report warns leafy greens growers of adjacent land risk

- General News
As part of our ongoing efforts to combat foodborne illness, today the U.S. Food and Drug Administration published a report on the investigation into the Fall 2020 outbreak of Shiga Toxin-Producing E. coli (STEC) O157:H7 illnesses linked to the consumption of leafy greens grown in the California Central Coast.