Chicago Tribune: Last month, Deirdre Schlunegger, Stop Foodborne Illness’ CEO, joined a panel of experts at the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) 2017 conference to discuss produce safety, a hot topic for food industry professionals. The Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, (first proposed in January 2013) is now final and farms are implementing the rule’s mandates.

“The rule establishes mandatory science-based, minimum standards for the safe growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of fruits and vegetables grown for human consumption,” says Schlunegger. “These standards are designed to reduce the presence of potentially dangerous bacteria in the food supply, and set, as their definitive goal, a significant reduction in the number of illnesses caused by contaminated produce.”

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