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Welcome to UF/IFAS Extension's Food Safety Website

Please navigate to any one of the various workshops and training programs offered by the university on the left navigation panel. This site also contains commodity specific information and links to several valuable resources designed to help make food safety a top priority in the produce industry.

Naples Tomato Safety Update (September 3, 2013)

The Florida Tomato Committee 38th Annual Meeting

FSMA Final Rule Draft - Keith Schneider, Food Science & Human Nutrition Dept. UF-IFAS

Basic Microbiology for the Tomato Industry - Keith Schneider, Food Science & Human Nutrition Dept. UF-IFAS

T-GAP/T-BMP Update: Harmonized Global GAP Audit- Barry Gaffney, Florida Dept. of Agriculture & Consumer Services

Irrigation Water: Proper Use and Testing Procedure - Michelle Danyluk, Citrus Research & Education Center, UF-IFAS

Sanitation of Water Systems in Packing Lines - Jerry Bartz, Plant Pathology Dept., UF-IFAS

SCRI Project Research Project Update - Martha Roberts, Office of Governmental Affairs, UF/IFAS

List of Water Testing Labs

 

Cantaloupe Packinghouse Inspection by FDA

Cantaloupe Inspections in Florida

 

Food Safety Update for Cantaloupe Growers (April 5, 2013)

What do the new developments mean to me?

Food Safety Modernization Act: Produce safety and preventative control, Reneé Goodrich Schneider, UF
National cantaloupe and other guidance update, Martha Roberts and Samantha Tankersley
Good Agricultural Practices – Frequently Asked Questions, Crystal Snodgrass and Alicia Whidden, UF
Sam and Ella can’t elope: Research update of pathogens on melons, Jeff LeJeune, OSU
FDA inspection program for cantaloupe packinghouses, Michelle Danyluk, UF
Packinghouse sanitation – an overview, Keith Schneider, UF
Tell me a story: Communicating cantaloupe safety prior to and during a recall, Ben Chapman, NCSU

Food Safety Recommendations for Cantaloupes: National Commodity Specific Guidelines for the Production, Harvest and Post Harvest Handling of Cantaloupes and Netted Melons

 

Naples Tomato Safety Update (September 4, 2012)

The Florida Tomato Committee 37th Annual Meeting

Click on the links below to download a pdf version of the lecture.

Developing a Risk-Assessment Plan, Dave Gombas, Senior V.P. for Food Safety, United Fresh Produce Assn.

Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Update, Samir Assar, Director, Produce Safety Staff, FDA

Update on T-GAP/T-BMP Regulations for the 2012-2013 Season, Rita Johnson, FDACS

Pathogen Transfer Risks Associated with Specific Tomato Harvest and Packing Operations,Michelle Danyluk, Citrus Research & Education Center, UF-IFAS

2011 Cantaloupe Outbreak: Lessons Learned, Keith Schneider, Food Science & Human Nutrition Dept., UF-IFAS

 

Cantaloupe Update (May 23, 2012: GFVGA, Tifton, GA)

Food Safety Update for Cantaloupe Growers: What do the new developments mean to me?

Click on the links below to download a pdf version of the lecture.

Cantaloupe Update: What’s on the Horizon? Renee Goodrich and Martha Roberts, Univ. of Florida

Introduction to Good Agricultural Practices, Keith Schneider, FSHN, Univ. of Florida

What Happened in Colorado? Lessons We Can Learn, Michelle Danyluk, Citrus REC, Univ. of Florida

 

Cantaloupe Good Argricultural Practices Workshop (May 1, 2012: GCREC)

Food Safety Update for Cantaloupe Growers: What do the new developments mean to me?

Click on the links below to download a pdf version of the lecture.

Cantaloupe Update: What’s on the Horizon? Martha Roberts, Univ. of Florida

Introduction to Good Agricultural Practices, Keith Schneider, FSHN, Univ. of Florida

Importance of Personal Hygiene, Crystal Snodgrass and Alicia Whidden, Univ. of Florid

Food Safety Audits – an Overview, Renee Goodrich Schneider, FSHN, Univ. of Florida

What Happened in Colorado? Lessons We Can Learn, Michelle Danyluk, Citrus REC, Univ. of Florida

 

 

Current News and Issues

Outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O104 (STEC O104:H4) in Europe
June 22, 2011
As of June 22, 2011, Germany’s Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reported 823 patients with hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney failure associated with Shiga toxin-producing E. coli, or STEC, infections, and 29 deaths associated with HUS.

In the U.S., five confirmed cases and one suspect case of STEC O104:H4 infection have been identified. One death has been reported in an Arizona resident who had recently traveled to Germany. This case has not yet been confirmed to have STEC O104:H4 and is currently under investigation.

On June 10, 2011, RKI announced that contaminated raw sprouts from one farm in Germany are the likely source of the outbreak. This farm has been closed and the sprouts produced there are no longer in restaurants or store shelves in Germany. Over the past few weeks, the number of cases associated with this outbreak has markedly decreased.

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Multistate outbreak of Salmonella Panama infections linked to cantaloupe
March 29, 2011
As of March 29, 2011, there are 13 reported cases of infection with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Panama. Cases occured in Oregon (5 cases), Washington (4 cases), California (2 cases), Colorado (1 case) and Maryland (1 case). Investigations are ongoing.

Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., Inc. voluntarily recalled 4,992 cartons of cantaloupes because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella Panama. The cantaloupes were distributed through warehouse clubs in Alaska, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. The recalled products consist of cartons of cantaloupes, each containing 4 plastic mesh sleeves with 3 cantaloupes per sleeve that were available for sale between March 10 and March 21, 2011. The cantaloupes were grown in and shipped from Del Monte Fresh’s farm Asuncion Mita in Guatemala.

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President signs FDA Food Safety Modernization Act
January 4, 2011
The FDA Food Safety and Modernization Act H.R. 2751 replaced the original bill, S.510. The Act was passed in the House and Senate and signed by the President on January 4, 2011, becoming law. The new law requires companies to implement a food safety program that significantly minimizes potential hazards and risk of foodborne illness. The FDA will also establish science-based standards for the safe production of fresh produce and increase inspections. See link for more details.

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Senate passes FDA Food Safety and Modernization Act
November 30, 2010
The U.S. Senate passed the FDA Food Safety and Modernization Act S.510 with a 73-25 vote. The bill still needs to be passed by the House and signed by the President. The bill amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to the safety of the food supply.


For past news, visit the News Archive.

 

Produce Recalls

This section lists U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) produce recalls of the past 2 months. Click on the dates for more information. To see all FDA food recalls, visit the FDA's Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts page. To see recalls involving meat, poultry or egg products, visit the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)'s Recalls page.

  • June 24, 2011: Eagle Produce recalls cantaloupes sold in Sam's Club because of possible contamination with Salmonella.
  • June 22, 2011: Dole Fresh Vegetables recalls DOLE® Italian Blend salad and Kroger Fresh Selections Italian Style Blend salad because of possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

For past produce recalls, visit the News Archive.

 

 

Audits for Tomato Good Agricultural Practices (T-GAPs)
Current Protocols and Checklists: Updated 03/12


Rule Chapter 5G-6
Annual Tomato Packer/Repacker Permit Application [PDF]
Annual Tomato Farm Registration Application [DOC]
Food Safety Audit - Field Packing [PDF]
Food Safety Audit - Greenhouse [PDF]
Food Safety Audit - Packinghouse [PDF]
Food Safety Audit - Repacker [PDF]
Tomato Rules

Contact

Keith R. Schneider, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, FSHN
University of Florida
359 FSHN Bldg., Newell Dr.
Gainesville, FL   32611
keiths29@ufl.edu
352-392-1991, ext. 309
352-392-9084