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Produce Safety Project

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Building the Science Foundation of a Modern Food Safety System Report

Building the Science Foundation of a Modern Food Safety System

May 10, 2010

Lessons from Denmark, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom on Creating a More Coodinated and Integrated Approach to Food Safety Information

 

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How Safe Are Our Food Imports?

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  • Oct 19, 2011

The Pew Health Group and the Center for Science in the Public Interest address the safety of imported seafood and raw produce.

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Produce Safety Project: Stakeholders' Discussion Series Meetings

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  • Feb 19, 2010

The Food and Drug Administration announced in December 2009, that it was going to establish a nationwide produce safety standard for the growing, harvesting and packing of fresh fruits and vegetables and opened an official docket for comments in February 2010. More

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FDA Responsibilities and Resources

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  • Nov 19, 2008

Charged with responsibility for keeping 80% of the nation's food supply (including fresh produce) safe, the FDA receives less than 25% of federal dollars spent on food safety activities.

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Produce-Related Foodborne-Illness Outbreaks

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  • Nov 19, 2008

From 1990 through 2005, at least 713 produce-related outbreaks have occurred. This issue brief summarizes 15 years of produce-related illness outbreaks in the U.S.

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Foodborne Pathogens Associated with Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

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  • Nov 19, 2008

There are a number of foodborne microbial pathogens associated with the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables that can cause illness or death among consumers who eat contaminated produce.

This document summarizes the major foodborne microbial pathogens that may be found in fresh produce, including Cyclospora cayetanensis, Escherichia coli O157:H7, Hepatitis A, Listeria monocytogenes, Norovirus, Salmonella spp., and Shigella spp.

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Cost of Foodborne Illness

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  • Nov 18, 2008

Foodborne illnesses carry with them significant economic and social costs that extend far beyond the immediate victim.

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FDA Actions Regarding Produce Safety

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  • Nov 18, 2008

For more than a decade, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recognized the challenge of making fresh produce safer. However, it has relied on voluntary guidelines. This document summarizes a decade of government initiatives that fall short of the mandatory and enforceable federal safety standards needed for domestic and imported fresh fruits and vegetables.

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Top Line Poll Results

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  • Sep 17, 2008

Results from Hart Research and Public Opinion Strategies survey of 1002 likely voters, conducted from July 21-August 3, 2008. More

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Legal and Regulatory Frameworks Governing the Growing, Packing and Handling of Fresh Produce in Countries Exporting to the U.S.

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  • Sep 29, 2010

A number of major countries exporting fresh vegetables and fruit into the United States have modernized food-safety laws and regulations over the past two decades to emphasize preventive measures. The Produce Safety Project (PSP), supported by The Pew Charitable Trusts, advocates for improvements in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) oversight of domestic and imported produce through the adoption of mandatory, enforceable safety standards. To provide policymakers with information on the legal and regulatory frameworks governing the growing, packing and handling of fresh produce in countries exporting to the U.S., PSP commissioned a review of those systems in fi ve of the U.S.’s largest trading partners - Canada, Chile, China, Mexico, and Peru.

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PSP Submits Growers' Comments

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  • Jun 4, 2010

The Produce Safety Project (PSP) supports the development by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of a mandatory and enforceable produce safety standard for the growing, harvesting and packing of fresh fruits and vegetables. Among other activities, PSP sponsored six stakeholder discussions around the country with the goal of providing a platform for stakeholders, with particular emphasis on growers, to discuss their expertise in promoting produce safety through their current practices and offer input for consideration by FDA as it prepares to propose a produce safety rule.

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Building the Science Foundation of a Modern Food Safety System

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  • May 10, 2010

During the past 20 years, those working to prevent foodborne illnesses in the United States–whether in government, industry, academia, or the consumer advocacy community–have made major progress in understanding food safety as a farm-to-fork challenge that necessitates science-based efforts throughout the system. Numerous reports have called for a more risk-informed and data-driven approach to U.S. food safety, and legislation currently being considered in Congress includes provisions to strengthen the scientific basis of the nation’s food safety system.

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Issue Brief Series: Analyses of Possible Sources of Produce Contamination

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  • Jan 6, 2010

The Produce Safety Project has commissioned a series of papers as a follow-up to its analysis and comparison of existing produce safety standards. These papers will explore in more depth issues relating to the use of compost, the quality of irrigation water, the interaction and interface of food safety standards and conservation standards, and worker hygiene measures.

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State Surveillance of Foodborne Illness

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  • Oct 30, 2009

In an effort to determine states’ capacity to track produce-related cases of foodborne illness and gain a better understanding of how states conduct investigations of outbreaks, the Produce Safety Project, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts at Georgetown University, commissioned Safe Tables Our Priority (S.T.O.P.) to conduct a survey of state health departments. The survey was sent to all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and 39 responded. The survey requested 2007 data on the types of questionnaires administered by state health departments to foodborne-illness victims, the time frame in which they were completed, the types of questions asked, and how states collected and stored the resulting data. These elements are key in the effective identification of the source of a foodborne illness.

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Legal Analysis Examines Limits to Agricultural Marketing Service's Role in Produce Safety Standards

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  • Jun 8, 2009

This Legal Analysis by the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University Examines AMS’s Role in Produce Safety Standards.

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Comparison of GAPs for Fresh Produce

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  • May 7, 2009

In the absence of mandatory federal regulations, a number of organizations and one state have stepped into the regulatory void and adopted their own standards for the growing and harvesting of fresh produce (fruits and vegetables intended to be consumed raw) aimed at minimizing microbial contamination.

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