Chris KogerNews Editor, The Packer

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Articles By Chris Koger

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Nov 17, 2019

As romaine problems continue, FDA takes closer look

The Food and Drug Administration will be collecting romaine samples in California and Arizona for a year to test for salmonella and E. coli following several foodborne outbreaks linked to the lettuce.
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Nov 13, 2019

Ohio State forum focuses on food safety science, policy

The Center for Foodborne Illness Research and Prevention at The Ohio State University has scheduled a food safety forum.
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Nov 12, 2019

Alliance for Food and Farming educates dieticians through webpage

The Alliance for Food and Farming has long advocated for the produce industry in spreading the word about the healthy attributes of fresh fruit and vegetables.
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Nov 05, 2019

Wegmans adds salad bar items to Mann Packing recall

Wegmans is notifying customers that two products available at its in-store salad bars are involved in a national recall of Mann Packing Co. products due to concerns of listeria contamination.
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Nov 05, 2019

Produce Lovers’ Mexican blueberry facility almost ready

Produce Lovers, a vertically-integrated grower that ships blueberries from the Mexican state of Jalisco, is shipping conventional and organic berries through mid-June.
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Nov 05, 2019

Dominican avocado supply ramps up for WP Produce

WP Produce, Miami, is reporting a strong start of the peak Dominican Republic avocado season, which it packs under the Desbry brand.
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Nov 04, 2019

USDA sanctions Florida, Michigan, Texas firms under PACA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has imposed sanctions on businesses in Florida, Michigan and Texas for violations of the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act.
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Nov 01, 2019

FDA seeks accreditation of labs for food safety

The Food and Drug Administration wants to establish an accreditation system for labs that test foods.
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Nov 01, 2019

FDA: No ‘actionable information’ in recent E. coli outbreak

A recent E. coli outbreak “likely associated with romaine lettuce” has come to light, with the Food and Drug Administration announcing there was no actionable information to alert consumers.