• Good Point: A troubling case

Good Point: A troubling case

  • November 27th, 2013
The enforcers of federal law are apparently trying to send a stern message: as a produce farmer,if you send adulterated food to market, you may be charged with a crime.

Northwest seeks food safety answers

  • November 22nd, 2013

The states of Washington, ­Oregon, and Idaho are working with the Center for Produce Safety to fund research that will help Pacific Northwest growers comply with new federal food safety ­regulations.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 and will issue standards [...]

  • Arsenic and fruit juice

Arsenic and fruit juice

  • November 18th, 2013

The fruit juice industry is keeping quiet these days, not relishing a public debate over how much arsenic should be allowed in juices, particularly apple and grape juice.

Arsenic is a scary word. In 2011, Consumer Reports and the Dr. Oz television show raised concerns when they reported that testing [...]

Looking for common ground

  • October 18th, 2013

More food safety regulations are going to be a tough pill to swallow for tree fruit growers, but U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials say it’s for their own good.

The FDA is charged with implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act, which the U.S. Congress passed in 2011, and is [...]

  • Water regulations worry growers

Water regulations worry growers

  • October 18th, 2013

Of the many new requirements that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is proposing as it implements the Food Safety Modernization Act, those relating to water are of particular concern to orchardists in the Pacific Northwest.

The regulations relate to both the source and the use of water.

Of the various [...]

UC Davis hosts produce safety workshop

  • September 27th, 2013

The University of California, Davis, is offering a workshop on produce safety, November 5-7. The interactive workshop will focus on microbial produce safety systems from preharvest to postharvest. Participants will learn about the current scientific basis for microbial safety systems and preventive controls. The curriculum includes a [...]

  • New safety program looks for feedback in Pasco

New safety program looks for feedback in Pasco

  • September 5th, 2013

A new program to educate and improve agricultural safety for workers will be announced at a public forum August 7 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Pasco, Washington, Red Lion Hotel.

The forum will allow the public to hear about the newly launched program, called Agriculture Customized Training and [...]

  • Food safety mistakes

Food safety mistakes

  • May 15th, 2013

This creative, portable handwashing facility meets GlobalGAP requirements. Water is clearly labeled.

For growers just getting started in the food safety certification arena, preparing for your first food safety audit can be overwhelming. But learning from the mistakes of others can help you avoid making [...]

  • Great expectations

Great expectations

  • May 15th, 2013

Milinda Dwyer

Mega retailer Costco Wholesale has high expectations when it comes to food safety and requires more from its suppliers than most, says Milinda Dwyer, Costco food safety representative.

Dwyer, based in the company’s headquarters in Issaquah, Washington, shared the details of Costco’s food safety program with a room full [...]