The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has launched a new initiative to better understand the ecology of human pathogens in the environment in the Yuma agricultural region. The initiative – which will focus on how pathogens survive, move and possibly contaminate produce prior to harvest – will be implemented with support from the Arizona Department of Agriculture, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, Wellton-Mohawk Irrigation and Drainage District and members of the Yuma area leafy greens industry.

Hank Giclas

The Arizona and California leafy green sector continues to drive forward the highest standards for food safety in the United States. Western Growers, working closely with industry experts, academia and the Arizona and California Leafy Green Marketing Agreements (LGMAs), developed resources to assist with the implementation of the new LGMA-approved best practices for water use.

Sonia Salas

In response to the repeated U.S. Salmonella outbreaks traced to papayas imported from Mexico, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) distributed a letter yesterday noting that “the recurring nature of these outbreaks is a clear indication that more must be done within all sectors of the papaya industry to protect its customers and to meet its legal obligations.”

Hank Giclas

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