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Special Report: Building Blocks of Food Safety

Food safety is one of the chief concerns of all who work in the produce industry. Nearly all operators have a food safety program and those that do not will almost certainly have to develop one as it is expected that the FDA’s Produce Food Safety Rule will require written food safety programs from producers. With all of the food safety requirements coming from regulatory bodies, buyers, consumers, advocacy groups and others, it may be appropriate to call a time out to reconsider what the basic building blocks of a robust food safety program should be.

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Webinar: Lm Draft Guidance for Ready-to-Eat Food

Webinar: Lm Draft Guidance for Ready-to-Eat Food

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently issued draft guidance, “Control of Listeria monocytogenes in Ready-To-Eat Foods. This draft guidance to industry from FDA is critically important to the food industry as it provides insights and offers suggested ways to implement procedures policies and practices to reduce the risk of Listeria monocytogenes (Lm) in ready-to-eat (RTE) foods including fresh produce.

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FSMA Overview

FSMA is a comprehensive top-to-bottom overhaul of the United States food safety regulatory framework. Currently, the seven major rules of the FSMA regulatory framework overhaul are intended to implement preventive measures across the food system significantly affecting how PMA members and the produce industry conduct business in the future.

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Compliance

Import requirements

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a final rule to establish requirements for the electronic filing of entries of FDA-regulated products offered for import into the United States. The deadline for compliance is Dec. 29, 2016.

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FSMA Training

FSMA update

This last quarter of 2016 saw work on the U.S. Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) continuing to move forward. Recent developments include the publishing of Voluntary Qualified Importer Program final guidance and various draft guidance documents. PMA has also published a FSMA training calendar, available to members who need mandatory FSMA training on the various implementing regulations.

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FDA

FDA field tours

Farm tours with senior U.S. Food and Drug Administration policymakers and regulators prove to be a fantastic way to inform them about challenges facing the fresh produce supply chain. Such tours in California and Delaware have been an important aspect of PMA’s Issues Leadership work on the Food Safety Modernization Act.

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Iced Produce In Distribution Centers

To help retailers and other supply chain partners evaluate the risk (if any) and develop programs to manage iced produce in warehouses and distribution centers.

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Pesticides

USDA pesticide study

The latest U.S. government study on pesticide residues in food shows that U.S. and imported fruits and vegetables are safe for consumers. From the data, we clearly see that those who produce the “dirty” reports irresponsibly frighten consumers, often simply to fundraise for themselves.

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Ask the FDA: Whole Genome Sequencing

This webinar will answer: -What is WGS and how it differs from other molecular fingerprinting tools? -How is it being used for regulatory and produce safety research? -What impact does it have on the produce industry – both pros and cons?

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Dr. Bob Whitaker

Dr. Bob Whitaker

Chief Science & Technology Officer

+1 (302) 607-2194

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Jim Gorny

Dr. Jim Gorny

VP, Food Safety & Technology

+1 (302) 607-2197

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Johnna Hepner

Johnna Hepner

Director of Food Safety and Technology

+1 (302) 607-2193

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