Fresh Produce Safet1hour2007Presentation Transcript
As A Grower, How Can You Make Fruits and Vegetables Safer For Your Consumer
OSU Food Safety Team created in 2007 to address rising food safety concerns in Ohio.
Grant received to educate fruit and vegetable growers in Ohio producing a commodity for sale to the public.
The objective of OSU Food Safety Team is combine critical food safety knowledge and real world tools into action on your farm to protect you and your customers.
In partnership with CIFT, Center for Innovative Food Technology
Where should you begin?
Become better educated concerning microbial food safety risks
Conduct a farm audit, or hire it done
Implement audit recommendations.
At least, start with a few changes.
Document, document, document!
Fruit and Vegetable Consumption
Between 1974 -2004, the U.S. per
capita consumption of fruits and
vegetables increased 20% !
578 lbs to 694 lbs per year.
In the same time period , fresh fruit and vegetable consumption increased by 37% 242 lbs to 331 lbs per year.
Consumers are Confused
Message # 1
- - Eat more fruits and
vegetables - -
Message # 2
- - People die from fresh
produce - -
Epidemiology of Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreaks, United States, 1982–2002. Emerging Infectious Diseases, April 2005. Josefa M. Rangel,*†Comments Phyllis H. Sparling,‡ Collen Crowe,* Patricia M. Griffin,* and David L. Swerdlow*,*Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA; †Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; and ‡U.S. Department of Agriculture, Athens, Georgia, USA
Proportion of Outbreaks and Cases are Rising As presented by Dr. Michael Lynch, CDC, Global GAPs Conference, 2005
E. coli Outbreak Spurs Lawsuits and FDA Letter Marler Clark files third E. coli lawsuit against Dole November 1, 2005 Marler Clark MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Marler Clark filed a third E. coli lawsuit against Dole late Tuesday in United States District Court for the District of Minnesota. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Lori Olson, a Minneapolis resident, and her two minor daughters.
CA Marketing Agreement
A Regulatory Mechanism for the State of CA based on CA State Demand.
A Marketing Seal.
Not required, but selling without the Seal is difficult.
Approved by the CA Dept Ag
How Big is the Problem?
Every year foodborne illnesses result in an estimated:
76 million cases of foodborne illness.
325,000 people hospitalized for foodborne illness.
5,200 needless deaths each year.
Economic losses between 10-83 billion dollars.
Foodborne outbreaks traced to fresh produce, 1990-1996