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Farmers need to prepare for Produce Safety Rule

Farmers need to prepare for Produce Safety Rule
The Food and Drug Administration Food Safety Modernization Act’s Produce Safety Rule will go into full implementation for large U.S. farms in the summer of 2019. But recordkeeping must start this year.



Food Safety Modernization Act goes into effect Jan. 26

Food Safety Modernization Act goes into effect Jan. 26
The Food Safety Modernization Act will go in effect Jan. 26. Considered the most sweeping update of U.S. food safety laws in more than 70 years, it will affect the nation’s largest-scale produce growers, including some in Virginia.



Proposed rule could help consumers make informed food choices

Proposed rule could help consumers make informed food choices
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has proposed an amendment to nutrition labeling regulations for meat and poultry products.



Cook meat to proper temperatures to prevent foodborne illness

Cook meat to proper temperatures to prevent foodborne illness
As outdoor temperatures rise, so does the use of grills. Whenever you’re grilling—outdoors or inside—it’s critical to cook meat to the proper temperature.



Sell-by date confusion to be cleared up soon

Sell-by date confusion to be cleared up soon
Many Americans have no idea what “sell by” labels actually mean. So after 40 years of letting consumers guess, the grocery industry has made a move to clear up the confusion.



Homemade eggnog—season’s sipping, sans Salmonella

Homemade eggnog—season’s sipping, sans Salmonella
While commercially made eggnog is available as early as mid-October, some families still prefer to celebrate the season with a homemade version.



Handwashing is key to preventing foodborne illnesses

Starting this month you might notice a few changes on the Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance website. We've added new account management tools and given our most popular member benefit a virtual makeover!



Prevent foodborne illness this picnic season

To keep food safe from harmful bacteria when picnicking, consumers should follow four basic but important steps.



Backyard chicken owners should take steps to reduce risk of Salmonella exposure

Seven separate Salmonella outbreaks across 35 states have sickened more than 300 people—19 in Virginia—in the first four months of 2016 and are ongoing. All of the outbreaks are a result of live poultry in backyard flocks.



Farm organizations urging Dannon to drop deceitful marketing

The American Farm Bureau Federation has joined with other farm organizations to urge food companies to recognize that farmers’ sustainability goals can’t be achieved without the use of modern agricultural practices.



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