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  • Alyssa Davis to join BioSafe Systems team

    Dec 4, 2013

    BioSafe Systems announces the recent addition of Alyssa Davis, who joins the team as the brand manager for the agriculture and food safety markets. Davis will contribute to the marketing efforts for those two markets, including consumer marketing, public relations and company branding.  “I am… Full Story »
  • United applauds lawmakers’ request to FDA for additional comment period

    Nov 27, 2013

    United Fresh applauds the request by 75 members of Congress asking the FDA to provide a second set of proposed rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) to allow for additional public comments, according to a news release from the company. In this week's letter,… Full Story »
  • Register for United Inspection Training Program

    Nov 26, 2013

    Seats are filling up fast for the January United Fresh Produce Inspection Training Program. Working in partnership with the USDA-AMS, this hands-on training course helps produce industry members better understand the produce quality inspection process. According to a release from United, the course is designed… Full Story »
  • Comment period expires for two FSMA regulations

    Nov 25, 2013

    FDA has let the comment period lapse for two key components of the Food Safety Modernization Act. The deadline was Friday, Nov. 22 for the produce safety and preventive controls rules. The comment period for two other rules, covering imported food, was extended an additional… Full Story »
  • USDA seeking fruit, vegetable committee members

    Nov 22, 2013

    USDA has announced a call for nominations for the 2013-2015 Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee. This advisory committee examines the full spectrum of issues faced by the fruit and vegetable industry and offers the Secretary of Agriculture advice on how USDA can tailor its… Full Story »
  • Comment period extended for FSMA import rules

    Nov 19, 2013

    FDA has extended the comment period for the two Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) import rules by 60 days. Comments were originally due by Nov. 6 and may now be submitted until Jan. 27, 2014. The two proposed rules are “Foreign Supplier Verification Programs for… Full Story »
  • Yara acquires ZIM

    Nov 19, 2013

    The Norwegian company Yara International has purchased German water sensor company ZIM Plant Technology. ZIM Plant Technology sells crop water sensor technology, used primarily in high-precision irrigation systems. Yara, based in Oslo, Norway, produces agricultural inputs including fertilizers, ammonia, nitrates, NPK and specialty fertilizers. Egil… Full Story »
  • Technical problems force one-week FSMA comment deadline extension

    Nov 15, 2013

    The comment period deadline for the produce safety and preventive controls portions of the Food Safety Modernization Act have been extended by one week by FDA. The deadline was to have been Nov. 15, but has been moved back after a series of technical problems… Full Story »
  • Syngenta announces new scholarships

    Nov 15, 2013

    Syngenta is introducing the new national Syngenta Agricultural Scholarship in 2014. The scholarship will replace Syngenta’s Potato Scholarship as well as scholarships for sugar beet and almond and is available to students in all crop markets. The scholarship will be available to undergraduate students enrolled… Full Story »
  • FDA issues draft guidance on acrylamide

    Nov 15, 2013

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a non-binding draft guidance to help growers, manufacturers and food service operators take measures to reduce acrylamide levels in certain foods. The document covers raw materials, processing practices and ingredients affecting potato-based foods, cereal-based foods and coffee.… Full Story »

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