SOURCE: Council for Agriculture, Science and Technology

Council for Agriculture, Science and Technology

September 16, 2009 14:47 ET

CAST Provides Consumers With Scientific Food Safety Information

AMES, IA--(Marketwire - September 16, 2009) - Consumption of fresh produce in the United States has increased substantially in recent years, thanks in part to an increased awareness of the health benefits that fresh produce provides. Outbreaks of food-related illness associated with these foods, however, have spurred increasing concern about the safety of fresh fruits and vegetables.

The current Administration has set out food safety among its chief agenda items. In March 2009, the Food Safety Working Group was created to advise the Administration on how to upgrade the food safety system for the 21st century. Additionally, the U.S. Department of Agriculture will host a food safety education conference in March 2010, continuing the Administration's efforts to decrease incidents of foodborne illness.

"Only a comprehensive food safety system, from farm to table, will minimize the risk of foodborne illness," said William McGlynn, Extension and Research Food Science Specialist, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. McGlynn chaired the task force for a recent CAST publication, Food Safety and Fresh Produce. This paper succinctly addresses some of the very food safety issues indicated by the Food Safety Working Group. This publication is focused directly at the consumer level and arms consumers with knowledge about how to best prevent foodborne illness related to fresh produce. The publication clearly sets out the need for a complete food safety network involving all points in the production-processing-distribution-preparation food chain.

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