NPC Calls for Consistency in Food Safety Rules
The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was created to ensure the U.S. food supply is safe by giving growers, supply chain partners, and federal regulators the tools to prevent contamination. In response to two U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposals that would impact the potato industry, on Nov. 15, 2013, NPC submitted comments that call on FDA to rework the rules to create consistency in the way they treat the handling and packing of raw potatoes.
2013 Potato statistical yearbook
The 2013 Potato Statistical Yearbook is now available. This annual publication provides U.S. and world potato production, consumption, marketing, and export data; overviews of national legislative and regulatory priorities; a summary of the United States Potato Board's programs; potato industry contact information, NPC Policy Resolutions, and more.
POTATO FOOD SAFETY GUIDELINES RELEASED
The Commodity-Specific Food Safety Guidelines for the Production, Harvest, Storage, and Packing of Potatoes is available for industry members to help ensure the continued safety of U.S.-grown potatoes.
This document offers food safety guidance for all companies that produce, harvest, store, pack, and transport potatoes. It also serves as a basic guideline to harmonize all existing food safety programs in how they assess and address food safety hazards. The guidelines are broken down into four sections: I) General Practices, II) Production and Harvest Operations, III) Storage Unit Operations and IV) Packinghouse Unit Operations. Each section lists a set of best practices to address potential food safety issues associated with those specific operations.
2013-2014 NPC Scholarship winner
NPC is pleased to award its 2013-2014 Academic Scholarship to Rhett Spear, a horticulture Ph.D. graduate student at Washington State University (WSU). Spear’s research is focused on identifying new, viable fresh-pack varieties as alternatives to the Russet Norkotah, the leading fresh-pack variety that is susceptible to the Potato Virus Y (PVY).
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potato expo 2014
Register today to attend or exhibit at POTATO EXPO 2014, held January 8-10, 2014, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas.
POTATO EXPO is the largest conference and tradeshow for the potato industry held in North America. POTATO EXPO offers educational programming covering the top issues facing the potato industry, provides countless networking opportunities with key decision makers, and showcases the latest products and services for potato production and distribution.
Visit POTATO-EXPO.com to learn more. See you in San Antonio!
Registration is now live for NPC’s 2014 Annual Meeting, Jan. 10-11, in San Antonio, Texas, beginning immediately after the conclusion of the POTATO EXPO 2014. Visit http://www.cvent.com/d/r4q7j9 to register.