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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates and Resources

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates and Resources

Voluntary Romaine Growing Region Labeling:
Questions & Answers

In November 2018 the US FDA and CDC advised consumers to avoid romaine lettuce, since it was not possible for consumers to distinguish the growing regions under investigation and those that were not implicated. As a result, many romaine suppliers agreed to include the growing region, or provenance, on consumer units. This questions and answer document, originally drafted by PMA and United Fresh in December 2018 and updated May 2019 by a cross-section of the industry, has been further updated based on learnings from the advisory issued in November 2019. 

In November 2018 the US FDA and CDC advised consumers to avoid romaine lettuce, since it was not possible for consumers to distinguish the growing regions under investigation and those that were not implicated. As a result, many romaine suppliers agreed to include the growing region, or provenance, on consumer units. This questions and answer document, originally drafted by PMA and United Fresh in December 2018 and updated May 2019 by a cross-section of the industry, has been further updated based on learnings from the advisory issued in November 2019. 

In November 2018 the US FDA and CDC advised consumers to avoid romaine lettuce, since it was not possible for consumers to distinguish the growing regions under investigation and those that were not implicated. As a result, many romaine suppliers agreed to include the growing region, or provenance, on consumer units. This questions and answer document, originally drafted by PMA and United Fresh in December 2018 and updated May 2019 by a cross-section of the industry, has been further updated based on learnings from the advisory issued in November 2019. 

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Interview with the Experts - Dr. Martin Wiedmann, Cornell University

Dr. Max Teplitski sat down with Gellert Family Professor in Food Safety at Cornell, and co-director of the New York State Integrated Food Safety Center of Excellence, Dr. Martin Wiedmann to discuss whole genome sequencing (WGS) and traceback investigations. Dr. Wiedmann shared his expertise in food safety, salmonella genomics, microbial evolution and bacterial stress response, while helping translate how WGS and SNPs play into outbreak investigations.
FSMA Resource Center
PMA's food safety, science and technology team works on behalf of our members to inform legislators and regulators of critical industry issues, educate key policy influencers and shape regulations, such as the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010. PMA's food safety, science and technology team works on behalf of our members to inform legislators and regulators of critical industry issues, educate key policy influencers and shape regulations, such as the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010. PMA's food safety, science and technology team works on behalf of our members to inform legislators and regulators of critical industry issues, educate key policy influencers and shape regulations, such as the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010.
Listeria Resources
The Listeria resource page provides the produce industry with quick access to materials regarding Listeria monocytogenes in food facilitie to assist them in understanding and implementing effective preventive control strategies to reduce, control and/or eliminate the risk of Listeriosis. The Listeria resource page provides the produce industry with quick access to materials regarding Listeria monocytogenes in food facilitie to assist them in understanding and implementing effective preventive control strategies to reduce, control and/or eliminate the risk of Listeriosis. The Listeria resource page provides the produce industry with quick access to materials regarding Listeria monocytogenes in food facilitie to assist them in understanding and implementing effective preventive control strategies to reduce, control and/or eliminate the risk of Listeriosis.

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Dr. Max Teplitski - PMA's Chief Science Officer 

Dr. Max Teplitski
Chief Science Officer
+1 (302) 607 2194
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Dr. Trevor Suslow - VP, Produce Safety 

Dr. Trevor Suslow
VP, Produce Safety
+1 (530) 304-1257
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