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AFF: USDA PDP report results help ensure consumer confidence in produce

- General News
More than 99% of the fruits and vegetables and fruit juices tested for residues were well below rigorous safety standards established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), if residues were present at all.

FDA issues report on summer salmonella outbreak linked to CEA packaged leafy greens

- General News
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a report on its investigation of the Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak that caused 31 reported illnesses and four hospitalizations in the U.S. between June and August 2021.

The Year Ahead: Food safety & traceability

- Produce Blueprints
According to the CDC’s Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network (FoodNet), there were 26 percent fewer foodborne infections in 2020 compared with the average annual number from 2017 to 2019, marking the first decline in many years.

Bacterial contamination from birds: not all species are equal threats

- Analysis
Concern about bacterial contamination of produce field crops has heavily emphasized runoff from nearby cattle operations. But of course, cattle aren’t the only fauna found in the vicinity of crops. There are also rodents, raccoons, and birds.

IFPA adds to food safety staff

- General News
The International Fresh Produce Association (IFPA) announces the addition of Gretchen Wall as director, food safety & quality, as well as the promotion of Dr. Emily Griep to vice president, regulatory compliance & global food safety standards.

Food Lion recalls two in-store prepared salad kits

- Retail
Food Lion is recalling its in-store prepared Cobb and Chef’s Salad Kits because the vendor has alerted us that the product has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria Monocytogenes.

Dole recalls salad products in Canada due to Listeria monocytogenes

- General News
Dole Canada Company is recalling certain Dole and President's Choice brand salad products from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Dole Fresh Vegetables recalls salads processed at Springfield, OH and Soledad, CA facilities

- General News
Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc. is voluntarily recalling from the market all Dole-branded and private label packaged salads described below processed at its Springfield, OH and Soledad, CA production facilities containing iceberg lettuce, due to a possible health risk from Listeria monocytogenes.

CDC declares baby spinach E. coli outbreak over

- General News
The FDA and CDC, in collaboration with state and local partners, investigated illnesses in a multistate outbreak of E. coli O157:H7. As of January 6, 2022, CDC declared this outbreak over.

Pro*Act welcomes new senior manager of food safety

- General News
North America’s leading distributor of fresh produce PRO*ACT welcomes Kim Snyder as its new Senior Manager of Food Safety.