FDA: New Produce Guidelines
You remember the spinach crisis, right? Sure you do! It was all over the news this fall. That darn E. coli really threw a monkey wrench into the whole operation. And DiseaseProof was there, here are a handful of posts about it:
- More On The Spinach Crisis
- Spinach Points
- Tracking Down E. Coli
- FBI Raids Spinach Plant
- Fallout from the Spinach Crisis
In light of contaminated produce scares that have rattled American consumers since September, U.S. health officials on Monday released a draft of proposed guidelines for commercial processing of fresh-cut vegetables and fruits.And they better get this right! If not DiseaseProof’s new series Freaky Fruits and Strange Veggies is doomed. Did you miss the first two installments? Well, what are you waiting for? Check them out:
The voluntary guidelines from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration suggest ways that food industry processors can minimize contamination of ready-to-eat produce by harmful bacteria that are common in the processing of these products.
"The recent outbreaks indicate that clearly more needs to be done to further minimize the risk of food-borne illness," Dr. David W.K. Acheson, director of the Office of Food Defense, Communication and Emergency Response at the FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, said during an FDA teleconference. "The vast majority of food-borne illnesses are, in theory, preventable."
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