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The following information is provided to fruit and vegetable growers, packers, shippers, and processors to help them find answers to their questions and solutions for their operations. The Food Safety Specialists (Contact us today!) for Produce Food Safety Services are also great resources and often a call or email is easier than searching through lots of useful information that may or may not pertain to your specific needs.

 

FOOD INDUSTRY LINKS

Produce Marketing Association- PMA helps members grow by providing connections that expand business opportunities and increase sales and consumption.

 

United Fresh Produce Association- Empowers industry leaders to join forces to shape sound government policy and deliver resources and expertise companies need to succeed.

 

Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association- GFVGA provides programs and services designed to increase efficiencies, provide educational opportunities, promote new markets, monitor legislation and encourage applied research.

 

Produce Safety Alliance- Provides fundamental, science-based, on-farm food safety knowledge to fresh fruit and vegetable farmers, packers, regulatory personnel and others interested in the safety of fresh produce.

 

Western Center for Food Safety- The mission of the WCFS is to research the interface between production agriculture and food protection, identify real-world solutions to food safety challenges in these systems, and communicate new knowledge through outreach and education.

Wild Farm Alliance- WFA helps farmers benefit from and support wild nature while producing healthy food, and working with conservationists and consumers to support theses efforts.

On-Farm Food Safety Project- The OFSS helps you learn about food safety, create personalized on-farm food safety plan and become food safety certified.

Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance- The FSPCA is a broad-based public private alliance consisting of key industry, academic and government stakeholders whose mission is to support safe food production by developing a nationwide core curriculum, training and outreach programs to assist companies in complying with the preventive controls regulations that is part of FSMA.

 

OTHER HELPFUL LINKS

Bad Bug -This link can be used in developing a hazard analysis.

 

Foodborne Germs and Illnesses – A link to the Centers for Disease that lists the top five germs that cause illnesses from food eaten in the U.S

Sanitary Design- This article discusses designing food safety into your plant.

Food Allergy Research & Education FARE- Link to the world’s largest private source of food allergy research funding.

United Fresh- Guide on Environmental Monitoring and Control of Listeria for Fresh Produce

FDA

Foodborne Illnesses: What You Need to Know Links you to potential pathogenic organisms and their symptoms

 

Food Allergens, including Labeling Guidance for Industry: Q&A Regarding Food Allergens, including the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004.

Food Defense Plan Builder- User friendly software designed to assist food facilities with food defense plans.

Equivalent Testing for Agricultural Water- FDA has determined that there are other scientifically valid and at least equivalent methods of agriculture water testing. Follow link to see which methods your lab can do less expensively and faster.

Equivalent Testing Methodology For Agricultural WaterFDA has updated the list of equivalent methodologies for testing water to comply with FSMA Regulations.

USDA

USDA Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) & Good Handling Practices (GHP)

Functional Food Defense Plans

Vulnerability Assessments