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Editorial: Food Safety and Traceability

By Jeff Gilles

As traceability procedures become enacted, funded and effectuated, what does that mean ultimately to the processor and to the farmer? Obviously, consumer safety is the industry’s primary focus. They buy the product and without them, where would we be? Public safety is obviously not simply the concern of the private entrepreneur.

The government must have...

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In Defense of Farms

By Dr. James Rushing

About fifteen years ago, while flying home from Mexico with a group of Carolina vegetable farmers that had been touring the industry south of the border, I overheard a conversation that I have never forgotten. One of the farmers in the row behind me found himself seated next to a young lady schoolteacher. When she learned that he was a...

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The Devil in the Details

By Brad Sullivan

It is an honor to be writing the first submission to LeafyGreens.com. It is ironic that I am writing this so soon after the regulations for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), adopted January 4, 2011, were released, because the genesis of this site started at a food safety conference I spoke at in February 2011. I spoke...

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A Closer Look at the CDC’s Report on Foodborne Illness in Leafy Greens

By Joshua E Swiger, Alan Maxwell and Steven Pessagno

In the March 2013 issue of Emerging Infectious Diseases, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a report attributing incidents of foodborne illness to specific food commodities using outbreak data from 1998-2008. The CDC organized all food products into 17 mutually-exclusive commodities to determine the prevalence of food-related illnesses for each commodity,...

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FDA Ordered to Negotiate and Propose Deadlines

By Judith Wolferts & Camille Johnson

On January 4, 2011, the FDA Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law. FSMA resulted from negotiations in Congress over the course of several years and contains specific dates by which FDA was to promulgate regulations in seven general food safety areas. FDA was required by October 4, 2011 to...

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Reusable Grocery Shopping Bags

By Judith Wolferts and Camille Johnson

Paper or plastic? Whether because the individual consumer has adopted a green philosophy or because plastic grocery bags have been banned in the municipality, the response to that question frequently is “neither, I have reusable shopping bags.” This response prompts another question: are those reusable grocery bags enhancing the potential for consumers to become ill with a food-borne...

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