A report released by FDA and a recent recall serve to remind us of the high priority we need to place on controlling Listeria monocytogenes in the retail environment. Let’s take a closer look at these two events.....continue reading
The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Food Code is a model code that encompasses guidelines and recommendations for best food safety practices to ensure that food offered at retail food establishments and in food service is safe, unadulterated, and honestly presented. It provides a scientifically sound basis for the implementation of retail practices and for the regulation of this sector of the food industry..... continue reading.
In August 2020, the Department of Health and Human Services launched Healthy People 2030, the fifth iteration of this initiative. The plan lays out a set of national goals and measurable objectives to guide policies, programs, and actions for the next 10 years to improve the health and well-being of all Americans. Among the many goals is the directive to improve food handling practices and enhance the safety of our food supply....continue reading
We all know the benefits of eating fresh fruits and vegetables. But foodborne illness, outbreaks, and recalls have consumers, retailers, produce growers, and regulatory authorities concerned about the safety of these products. The challenges inherent in fresh produce safety are different from most other foods because of the way produce is grown, harvested, and processed. In addition, there is no kill step for raw produce.....continue reading.