From: Food Quality & Safety Magazine, 9.13.2011
Contaminants might remain in plant tissues, eluding sanitation efforts
If produce is tainted with contaminated soil or water, pathogens such as E. coli and Salmonella may be present throughout the tissues of the plant, rendering ineffective traditional sanitation methods that focus on the outside of produce.
Retiring Sen. Kohl, chair of agriculture appropriations committee, sought more money, inspectors for FDA
The Senate Appropriations Committee on Sept. 7 approved several appropriations bills for fiscal year 2012, including bills to fund programs overseen by its Agriculture Subcommittee, such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS).