How Michigan producers can satisfy FSMA: Produce Safety Alliance training course

Michigan State University (MSU) Extension and its partners are offering a free grower training program to fruit and vegetable growers in the state of Michigan.

This grower training is a first step towards compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rules. The trainings will be offered in fall, winter and spring all […]

New USDA survey reveals variations in produce growers’ food safety practices

The Economic Research Service, a branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, recently issued an 84-page report on the level and type of food safety measures currently in place by the nation’s produce growers. The report outlines the baseline of food safety practices in the industry today as producers begin to implement practices that keep […]

How FSMA’s Sanitary Transportation Rule affects the cleaning process

When the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was put into motion by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, most branches of the food industry jumped into a wave of changes to improve food safety practices across the board.

Not only were producers and processors impacted, but so was another important wing of the food industry: […]

FDA pushes back FSMA produce requirements for water testing

The Produce Safety Rule of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) came into effect in early 2018 for the largest produce growers in the U.S., meaning that efforts to understand the rule and implement its requirements are well underway for many operations.

Smaller produce operations (those with between $250,000 and $500,000 in revenue) have another […]

Video: How mycotoxin testing fits with FSMA

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) encourages the food industry to look at the sources of hazards being introduced to the food supply, and also for the best ways to mitigate those hazards.

To help the human and animal food industries meet these expectations, Dr. Cassie Jones presents “Mycotoxin Analysis: A Tool for FSMA Compliance,” […]

How your Christmas ham makes it from the farm to your table

The Christmas ham is a tradition that stretches back centuries — in fact, enjoying a ham dinner on wintry special occasions has been popular in Europe before Christmas was even celebrated there. And while any cook — from the pro to the at-home kitchen wizard — needs to keep food safety in mind while cooking […]

Bond, James Bond, and Food Defense

Most people would agree that British author Ian Fleming was a great writer, but few would probably expect his work to touch on protecting the food supply.

In the tenth book of his James Bond series, “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service,” Fleming has secret agent James Bond addressing Food Defense — one of three “Food”-based […]

Overview on validation and verification for the food industry

Once a company in the food industry has determined how it’s going to keep its facilities spic and span, there are two steps which must be continuously revisited in order to ensure sanitation procedures don’t fall short: validation and verification.

Verification is often described as making sure sanitation methods are being implemented correctly. Validation, then, […]

Food safety at every step of the supply chain

Being at the top of the food chain is one thing. Being at the top of the food safety supply chain is another. It can be a precarious position to be in.

As any food industry professional knows, food safety can’t be guaranteed just because the practices used within one company’s facilities are spot-on. Top-notch […]

Monday links

Don’t have time to scour the internet for the latest animal science, food safety, and agriculture news? Relax, we’ve got it covered.

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Seaweed can improve piglet health — All About Feed With a naïve immune system, nursing piglets are prone to intestinal disorders that result in diarrhea. Unfortunately, with the increasing incidence of […]