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Key Points of Control and Management of Microbial Food Safety

By Dr. Trevor Suslow, UC Cooperative Extension Specialist, Department of Vegetable Crops, UC Davis

Most horticultural products that are eaten fresh in the United States are wholesome and free of microorganisms that could result in illness under common and sensible handling and food preparation practices. Many fruits, vegetables, edible flowers, sprouted seeds, and micro-greens have natural barriers that minimize the chance that any surface contamination could survive for long periods or be transferred to...

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Measures to Protect Against Liability Relating to Foodborne Illness

By Jeff Gilles

The E. coli contamination of spinach this past September brought food-safety recalls back into our living rooms and kitchens. As Paul mentioned in his article, many farmers were forced by the FDA to “voluntarily” recall their product. What does it mean to “voluntarily” recall your product? Is there such a thing as an “involuntary” recall?

Statutes...

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Named Insured, Additional Insured, and Named Additional Insured or Additional Named Insured

By Ken Gorman and Brad Sullivan

The title of this article is not a joke or a typo, it is a list of the three most common names the insurance industry gives to people or businesses covered under standard insurance policies. Though the three phrases are strikingly similar, they have different meanings that can significantly affect the types and amount of coverage available.

Most insurance policies...

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Reduce Your Risk of Getting Caught in the Web of Strict Liability

By Soren Diaz

With the recent major peanut salmonella outbreak, unfortunately, we are again reminded of the dangers of foodborne illness. Food is an excellent vehicle for a myriad of pathogenic microorganisms. It’s not only nutritious for people, but also for microorganisms, which are everywhere. While some pathogens may be present in low levels in the environment, they nevertheless can easily transfer to...

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CAFOs, Buffers and Row Crop Land

By Tim Ibbeson

Since the E. coli outbreak last fall, many clients have been asking about buffer zones between concentrated cattle operations and row crop land. The guidance provided in the GAP metrics that stemmed from the Marketing Agreement say, “due to a lack of science at this time, an interim guidance distance of 400 feet from the edge of crops...

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Communications Audits: Successful Communication Strategies

By David Armanasco

As every business owner knows, the success of a company depends on its ability to create and implement a successful communication strategy. This article focuses on the benefits of conducting a communications audit. Knowing a company is completely and properly prepared to communicate with its internal and external audiences is critical. A communications audit is a systematic review and...

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Read the Fine Print (Or Prepare to Write a Big Check)

By Brad Sullivan

Provisions in an agreement can wreak havoc on what otherwise looks like a perfect lawsuit between a food producer and its customers, distributors, co-packers, or really anyone with whom you contract. These provisions, along with others, are often buried in fine print in exceedingly long commercial agreements. In other words, the part where you, or your sales department, has grown...

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