• 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.
PHOTO COURTESY OF SUSAN PHEASANT

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 [...]

Food Safety

  • April 12th, 2013

● The May 16 deadline looms for public comments on two of the proposed rules implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act. Given the complexity of these proposals, and the fact that not all the contemplated FSMA rules have yet been published, a good number of trade associations representing the nation’s [...]

Speak out

  • March 1st, 2013

Proposed regulations to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act could bring dramatic changes to the growing, harvest, and packing of tree fruit. Although state, regional, and national trade groups are coordinating responses to the draft rule on behalf of the tree fruit industry, growers, too, should share their concerns, [...]

Food Safety Committee guides research

  • March 1st, 2013

The Pacific Northwest Food SafetyCommittee, an industry advisory group representing tree fruit growers, packers, and researchers, was organized in 2007 to guide the Northwest tree fruit industry and Northwest Horticultural Council on food safety issues.

Since its inception, the committee has worked with industry and university food safety experts and [...]

Certification not unique to produce

  • March 1st, 2013

Agriculture, with its various food safety and sustainable production standards now required by many retailers, is not the only industry subject to standards. Hundreds of national and international standards exist relating to all types of products from electrical three-prong plugs to paper sizes.

International standards have been around for decades, [...]

  • WATCH: Feds hold “Listening Session” on new food safety regulations

WATCH: Feds hold “Listening Session” on new food safety regulations

  • January 1st, 2013

The federal government took a humble position and brought a big ear to a meeting with growers and others on the Food Safety Modernization Act, held August 14 in Yakima, Washington.
The Produce Listening Session featured Michael Taylor, deputy commissioner for foods at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, [...]