Food Safety

Food safety is a critical issue throughout the fresh produce industry as food service and retail buyers increasingly require growers and packers to develop and implement food safety plans. Although there have been no documented cases of foodborne illness attributed to consumption of fresh domestic mushrooms, wholesale buyers are increasingly requiring their suppliers to provide evidence of safe growing practices.

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Control de Listeria Monocytogenes en el Medio Ambiente de Cultivo y Empaque de Hongos
Control de Listeria Monocytogenes en el Medio Ambiente de Cultivo y Empaque de Hongos - Articles Articles
En los últimos años ha aumentado el conocimiento de que Listeria monocytogenes puede ser un posible contaminante microbiano en alimentos listos para el consumo. More
Mushroom GAPs Audit and FSMA Resources
Mushroom GAPs Audit and FSMA Resources - Articles Articles
This article lists the information and resources needed to meet Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) standards specific for the mushroom industry. More
Dark and Light Mushroom Peat Casing Soils Suppress Populations of Listeria and Salmonella
Dark and Light Mushroom Peat Casing Soils Suppress Populations of Listeria and Salmonella - Articles Articles
Studies show that when light peat is replaced with dark peat that contains lower microbial levels, developing plants tend to become more susceptible to diseases. More
Eradicating Listeria Monocytogenes From Mushroom Slicing and Packaging Environments
Eradicating Listeria Monocytogenes From Mushroom Slicing and Packaging Environments - Articles Articles
Now is the time for the mushroom industry to take all possible measures to minimize risks for Listeria contamination. More
FSMA Produce Safety and Preventive Controls Regulations: How Do They Apply?
FSMA Produce Safety and Preventive Controls Regulations: How Do They Apply? - Articles Articles
This article reviews the basics for Produce Safety and Preventive Controls and provides some information on how they may affect the mushroom industry. More
Method for Validating Thermal Sanitization of Mushroom Disk Slicing Equipment
Method for Validating Thermal Sanitization of Mushroom Disk Slicing Equipment - Articles Articles

Method for Validating Thermal Sanitization of Mushroom Disk Slicing Equipment

Luke LaBorde, Ph.D., Ramaswamy C. Anantheswaran, Hilary Tobin

This study demonstrates the feasibility of thermal sanitization treatment to eliminate L. monocytogenes at niche sites within slicer heads without requiring complete disassembly. More
Supplier Controls for Prevention of Food Safety Recalls
Supplier Controls for Prevention of Food Safety Recalls - Articles Articles
The Preventive Controls for Human Foods Regulation requires food companies to develop and implement a risk-based Food Safety Plan. More
Mushroom Food Safety Update for Supervisors and Managers (English)
Mushroom Food Safety Update for Supervisors and Managers (English) - Workshops Workshops
This course will cover the impact of the Food Safety Modernization Act on mushroom growing and packing operations. More
Food Safety Training for Mushroom Growers and Packers (in Spanish)
Food Safety Training for Mushroom Growers and Packers (in Spanish) - Workshops Workshops
This course focuses on the fundamentals of food safety in a mushroom operation including Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) and sanitation. More
Sanitary and Design Considerations for Mushroom Packing and Slicing Operations
Sanitary and Design Considerations for Mushroom Packing and Slicing Operations - Webinars Webinars
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A 1.5 hour recording of a webinar from Penn State Extension originally presented on May 4, 2011. More
Avian Influenza Virus (AIV) Should the Mushroom Industry Be Concerned?
Avian Influenza Virus (AIV) Should the Mushroom Industry Be Concerned? - Articles Articles
Avian influenza virus (AIV) is a group of viruses that can cause disease in birds. More
Control of Listeria monocytogenes In Mushroom Growing and Packing Environments
Control of Listeria monocytogenes In Mushroom Growing and Packing Environments - Articles Articles
In recent years, awareness of Listeria monocytogenes as a potential microbial contaminant in ready-to-eat foods has increased. More
Slicer Alert to all Fresh Mushroom Packers and Shippers
Slicer Alert to all Fresh Mushroom Packers and Shippers - Articles Articles
Mushroom packers and shippers are advised to review their sanitation practices with special focus on the control of Listeria in areas where product cross-contamination can occur. More