Fresh produce most often root cause of foodborne illness

Fresh produce items like cilantro, cucumbers, cantaloupes, and peppers that are often eaten raw cause more foodborne illness than any other single category of food, according to a study by the Center for Science in the Public Interest. The nonprofit food safety group reviewed 10 years of outbreak data to determine which foods are most often linked to outbreaks of foodborne disease and identify trends in illnesses. Over the period studied, fresh produce caused 629 outbreaks and almost 20,000 illnesses.

Food Safety Modernization Act 101: A Quick Overview

The first two rules have been released by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration and they now require owners, operators, or agents in charge of a food facility to evaluate the hazards that could affect food in that facility. This includes identifying and implementing preventive controls, monitoring the performance of those controls and maintaining records. Here's a quick overview of the new rules provided by the Food and Drug Administration.