UC Food Safety Home
Research and Extension faculty at UC Davis, Drs. 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.
Newly Added to Website - February 2016
The Produce Safety Rule (PSR) requires growers to initially establish a Microbial Water Quality Profile (MWQP) for each untreated surface agricultural water source and conduct annual surveys for that water source in subsequent years. The water quality profile is based on the levels of generic E. coli in your agricultural water.
The initial MWQP must be established with a minimum of 20 water samples collected as close to harvest as possible over a period of at least 2 to a maximum of 4 years. Geometric mean (GM) and Statistical Threshold Value (STV) are calculated from these 20 samples (minimum). The GM and STV are your MWQP and should be compared to the microbial quality criteria provided in the Produce Safety Rule.
These tools were developed to make it easy to calculate the GM and STV and to determine if your water meets the standards for unrestricted application to produce before harvest. The tools were also designed to assist you with making food safety management decisions if your water does not meet the standards in the proposed rule.
More information on the Produce Safety Rule and agricultural water can be found here: www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/FSMA/ucm334114.htm
Quality control of wastewater for irrigated crop production (FAO, United Nations)
Here are three tools:
- Excel Tool (Western Center for Food Safety, Version 1.0, January 8, 2016) (Will download as Excel Spreadsheet, 272 KB)
- Ag Water App (University of Arizona Coop. Ext.)
- Online Calculator (University of Arizona Coop. Ext.)
Links are also available on the UA Fresh Produce Safety website
Added December 2015
Food safety information for nuts and nut products - all updated 12-08-15
- 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 12-8-15) (PDF 222 KB)
- Inactivation of Microorganisms in Nuts and Nut Pastes: Table and References (updated 12-08-15) (PDF 70 KB)
- Outbreaks from Tree Nuts, Peanuts, and Sesame Seeds (updated 12-08-15) (PDF 127 KB)
- Recalls of Nuts (U.S.) (updated 12-8-15) (PDF 192 KB)
- Surveys for Foodborne Pathogens on Nuts (updated 12-8-15) (PDF 143 KB)
- Survival of Foodborne Pathogens on Nuts (updated 12-8-15) (PDF 102 KB)
Added November 2015
- FSMA Final Rule on Produce Safety
- FSMA Final Rule on Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals
- FSMA Final Rule on Accredited Third-Party Certification
- FSMA Webinar Series: Final Rules for Produce Safety, Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP), and Third Party Auditors
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