Produce Safety Alliance Grower Trainings sponsored by the Western Institute for Food Safety and Security, March 5 & 6 in Oroville, CA, March 20 in Watsonville, and April 4 in San Martin, CA.
UC Food Safety Home
Research and Extension faculty at UC Davis, Drs. Erin DiCaprio, Linda Harris, and Trevor Suslow, welcome you to the University of California Food Safety website. Link to presentations, publications, and websites related to the production, harvest and processing of foods. The emphasis is microbial food safety but food biotechnology, food quality, and food security are also addressed.
Added February 2019
Flour and Cereal Grains - Outbreaks and Recalls
- Flour & Cereal Grains - Outbreaks and Recalls (UC Davis, L.J. Harris and S. Yada) (updated 2-26-19) (PDF 175 KB)
- Publications on the Microbial Safety of Wheat, Flour, and Cereal Grains (UC Davis, L.J. Harris and S. Yada) (updated 2-26-19) (PDF 138 KB)
Nuts and Nut Pastes
- Bibliography: Containing a comprehensive list of references pertaining to microbial safety of nuts and sesame seed. Publications on the Microbial Safety of Nuts and Sesame Seeds (updated 2-15-19) (PDF 420 KB)
- Inactivation of Microorganisms in Nuts and Nut Pastes: Table and References (updated 2-15-19) (PDF 144 KB)
- Outbreaks from Tree Nut, Legume, and Seed Pastes: Table and References (updated 2-15-19) (PDF 114 KB)
- Outbreaks from Tree Nuts, Peanuts, and Sesame Seeds (updated 2-15-19) (PDF 123 KB)
- Surveys for Foodborne Pathogens on Nuts: Tables and References (updated 2-15-19) (PDF 233 KB)
- Survival of Foodborne Pathogens on Nuts: Tables and References (updated 2-15-19) (PDF 121 KB)
- U.S. Recalls of Nuts: Table and References (updated 2-15-19) (PDF 280 KB)
Produce Safety Rule (FSMA)
- Additional Resources Support Compliance with the Produce Safety Rule (FDA, Feb. 7, 2019)
- Paving the Road for Produce Safety Inspections (FDA, Feb. 7, 2019)
- Produce Safety Inspections (FDA, Feb. 7, 2019)
- "What to Expect of a Regulatory Inspection" - Informational Handout for Farmers (FDA) (PDF 144 KB)
Added November 2018
- Guidance for Industry and FDA Staff: Questions and Answers Regarding Mandatory Food Recalls (FDA) (as PDF 114 KB)
Added October 2018:
- Draft Guidance for Industry: Guide to Minimize Food Safety Hazards of Fresh-cut Produce (FDA) (as PDF 447 KB)
- Draft Guidance for Industry: Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption (FDA) (as PDF 1.7 MB)
- Oct. 7, 2018: Guidelines for using Enterococcus faecium NRRL B-2354 as a surrogate microorganism in pistachio process validation (UC Davis & Michigan State University) (PDF 386 KB)
Added August 2018
- Draft Guidance for Industry - Q & A Regarding Food Facility Registration (7th Edition) (FDA)
- Draft Guidance for Industry - Supplemental Q & A Regarding Food Facililty Registration - for comment purposes only (FDA)
- Emergencies (For Consumers - contains fire resources)
- ood Safety After a Fire (For Industry)
The following California organizations have collaborated on the new resources below for small-scale farmers and processors on how to produce your product safely and in compliance with applicable state and federal regulations: Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF), University of California Department of Food Science & Technology (UC Davis FST), UC Agriculture and Natural Resources (UCANR) and the Western Regional Center for Food Safety (WRCEFS).
- Value-Added On-Farm Processing - Regulatory Considerations - Examples and a flow chart to help farmers understand multiple state and federal regulations. (PDF 1.8 MB)
- A free webinar to explain the flowchart above.
- Permit Timeline Resources - What to do and when you should do it
- Processed Food Registration Permit Timeline
- CA Cannery License Program Timeline
- A free webinar to explain the timeline documents above.
- A PDF of the slides from the webinar above (PDF 5.8 MB)
UC Food Blog
Making the case for fruits and vegetables
Why do you love fruits and vegetables? Is it their bright colors? Their many shapes and varieties, the way they can makeover your plate with the seasons? The opportunity to taste local terroir in a very fresh bite of fruit or forkful of salad? Is it...
Eating healthy on a limited budget is possible, but any cuts in SNAP or rise in food costs make it harder
The affordability of healthy food is often cited as a barrier to low-income families eating nutritious meals. A new study published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior found that with menu planning and access to stores selling items...