A report issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration found no PFAs in the sampled produce that was part of the organization’s most recent testing of the general food supply.

Eighty nine of 92 food samples showed no detectable levels of PFAs, while three seafood samples – tilapia, cod and shrimp – had detectable levels.

The food samples analyzed were collection for the Total Diet Study, and are the fifth set of general food supply testing done by the FDA. Since 2019, there have been 10 samples with detectable PFAs out of the 532 samples tested.

Sonia Salas

On February 14, a white paper on harvest equipment sanitation titled “Periodic Deep Cleaning Study of Harvesting Equipment” was made publicly available that advocates for a data-based approach to Periodic Equipment Cleaning (PEC) and hygienic redesign of harvest equipment. The report was coordinated by the Leafy Greens Harvester Sanitation and Hygienic Design Working Group.

Sonia Salas

On March 11, 2022, the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture and California Department of Food & Agriculture is co-hosting a webinar to discuss the recently released U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) proposed rule, “Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption Relating to Agricultural Water.” The webinar will feature key FDA officials who will provide an overview of the proposed rule and be available to answer any questions.

Sonia Salas

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