Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Science and its Institute for Food Safety released a fact sheet last week about monkeypox for food industry employers.

According to the fact sheet, there are three key takeaways:

 • The monkeypox strain causing the current outbreak is much less deadly than COVID-19 (the US had > 10,000 monkey pox cases to date with none of them resulting in deaths) and is much less transmissible than COVID-19.

De Ann Davis

Join an Aug. 25, 2022 webinar at 10 a.m. CT as Tier One suppliers get a walkthrough of how the SISC Calculator can be used to work with growers to gather metric results, view aggregate results in a variety of reporting formats, send anonymized results back to growers, and report aggregate results to THESIS.

Speakers during the webinar will include:

*Alison Edwards, Director, The Stewardship Index for Specialty Crops

*Shawny Marsden, Director, Sales Engineering & SISC Implementation, CropTrak & The Stewardship Index for Specialty Crops

Ann Donahue

This month the FDA plans to resume an assignment to collect and test frozen berries that it paused at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The agency says the strategy is being developed in response to a history of hepatitis A (HAV) and norovirus (NoV) outbreaks linked to the consumption of both fresh and frozen berries.

The assignment seeks to estimate the prevalence of HAV and NoV in frozen strawberries, raspberries and blackberries and help the FDA identify sites where practices or conditions may exist that constitute safety vulnerabilities.

De Ann Davis

On Monday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it was extending the compliance dates for pre-harvest agricultural water provisions and outlined in the 2021 agricultural water proposed rule.

The 2021 agricultural water proposed rule, if finalized, will require farms to conduct annual systems-based agricultural water assessments to determine and guide appropriate measures to minimize potential risks associated with pre-harvest agricultural water.

Sonia Salas

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