Food Safety


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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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 Recent developments include the publishing of Voluntary Qualified Importer Program final guidance and various draft guidance documents.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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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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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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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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Summaries of Four FSMA Final Rules

The first five final rules of FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) are published, and the stage is set for the implementing the policies. Learn how these rules affect you by reviewing summaries of each rule.

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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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FSMA implementation advances

Work continues to assure U.S. Food Safety Modernization Act regulations achieve their stated food safety objectives and are practical and workable for our industry members to implement. Here’s an update on FSMA implementation, which includes two Draft Guidance to Industry and an announcement of compliance date extensions and clarifications.

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2016 CPS Research Key Learning

Summary of “key learnings” from the 2016 CPS Research Symposium offer thoughts on illness outbreaks, water quality, irrigation, surrogates and more.

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Dr. Bob Whitaker

Dr. Bob Whitaker

Chief Science & Technology Officer

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Jim Gorny

Dr. Jim Gorny

VP, Food Safety & Technology

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Johnna Hepner

Johnna Hepner

Director of Food Safety and Technology

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