Western Growers Executive Committee and Arizona Directors, led by Chairman Vic Smith, President and CEO of JV Smith Companies, and President and CEO Tom Nassif, were in Arizona this week for meetings at the Arizona State Capitol. The Western Growers delegation met with statewide officials and legislators regarding several issues facing our members.
Western Growers has released a new report summarizing important food safety research findings to help produce industry members understand relevant food safety research and how key findings apply to day-to-day operations.
For several years, food items other than fresh produce have usually been associated with listeriosis outbreaks. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), listeriosis is an important public health problem in the United States.
Japan has specific labeling requirements for products -- including fresh produce commodities -- that have been treated with post-harvest fungicides. Japanese regulations require the name of the post-harvest fungicide to be identified at the point of sale (These regulations only apply to post-harvest treatment and not when a fungicide is applied prior to harvest). Reports have indicated that these requirements have had a negative impact on U.S. fresh produce sales in Japan.
On November 25, Western Growers is sponsoring a webinar focusing on Listeria and fresh produce. Though this sometimes deadly pathogen has not typically been associated with fresh produce, in the last few years two major outbreaks linking the two have changed how Listeriosis is viewed by regulators and the ag industry.