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PACA sanctions levied against five produce distributors

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has imposed Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) sanctions on five produce businesses for failing ... continue reading »

USDA launches PACA license search system

The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) recently released ePACA, a tool to facilitate the marketing of produce and improve Perishable Agricultur... continue reading »

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Pickle, canned mushroom grading terminology revised by USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has revised the U.S. standards for canned lima bean, canned... continue reading »

Compliance dates set for Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule

USDA issued a rule March 15 to finalize the new compliance dates for the agricultural water requirements in the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSM... continue reading »

USDA sanctions four produce businesses for PACA violations

Three produce businesses in California and one in New York were recently sanctioned by the USDA for failing to pay awards previously ordered under the... continue reading »

Mindy Brashears named USDA’s Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue on Jan. 28 selected three people individuals for senior leadership positions at the U.S. Department of Agri... continue reading »

National Processed Raspberry Council votes to discontinue USDA promotional program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said Nov. 7 that producers of raspberries for processing and importers of processed raspberries did not appr... continue reading »

More Americans eating prepared food, USDA study reports

A newly released report from a U.S. Department of Agriculture study shows Americans are eating prepared food more often. The USDA’s Adult Eating ... continue reading »

Study argues consumers see ‘organic’ and ‘non-GM’ food labels as the same

Food labels such as “organic” and “non-genetically modified” can be confusing to consumers, according to a new study published in the journal ... continue reading »

NIFA biotechnology grants boost food safety policy

The science of agriculture grows more complex every year. USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced Oct. 19 support for p... continue reading »