Western Growers urges all leafy greens industry stakeholders to remain vigilant during this current transition period from California’s Central Coast to Yuma, Arizona. To provide support during this critical time, Western Growers and the Arizona and California LGMAs hosted a webinar series covering this topic back in 2020. This year, Western Growers continues collaborating with both entities and is working to provide resources and information.

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently conducting an assignment to collect and test 240 samples of domestically produced fresh-cut cantaloupe from processors, warehouses and distribution centers. This assignment began in late June and will continue over the next 12 months. The target pathogens are Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes.

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The American Frozen Food Institute will hold a free virtual food safety symposium on September 14 to serve as a platform for dialogue on Listeria monocytogenes (Lm) science, alternate approaches to regulatory policies and management of Lm in foods and implementation of more practical and science-based programs.

Frank Yiannis, U.S. FDA Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response and Sandra Eskin, FSIS Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety, will give a keynote address.

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