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From: Food Quality & Safety Magazine, 3.25.14

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Whistleblower Complaints to get Easier for Employees in Food Safety Industry

Employers should establish processes, documentation to prepare for new OSHA standards

Food industry employers may need to take a hard look at their processes for handling employee complaints about perceived food safety issues, given the provisions of a new interim final rule about how whistleblower complaints will be handled in the future.

Pesticide Levels in Produce Remain Extremely Low

USDA report confirms that U.S. food does not pose a safety concern based upon pesticide residues

Over 99 percent of produce products sampled by the USDA’s Pesticide Data Program in 2012 had pesticide residues that fell below tolerance levels established by the Environmental Protection Agency, according to a report issued by the USDA on February 21. Only 0.53 percent of samples tested (63 of 11,893) had residues above the tolerance limit.

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