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 […]

Vectoring — a formal approach to tracking the sources and flow of pathogens in a facility

Pathogenic bacteria can infiltrate a facility from several different sources, including the external environment, people, equipment and raw materials. Once inside, pathogens can become established in harborage areas and carried to food production surfaces through a vector. Liquids, air, people and physical objects, such as carts or tools, are common vectors for pathogen transmission. It’s […]