Changing Consumer Behavior: 5 Easy Ways to Practice Food Safety for Produce at Home

Posted by Megan Haug Crivelli (Guest Blogger) on Jan 18, 2017 11:00:00 AM

When there is notice of an outbreak or a recall related to produce, we can all agree that it is not something that we want to be associated with, whether it was caused from produce sent out by our operation or whether it is produce that we have consumed. With buyer specifications and the new FSMA rules, produce operations are guided on how to prevent food safety issues at the operation level. However, do you ever consider how you are preventing food safety issues while buying, storing and preparing produce at home? 

Frank Yiannis, VP of Food Safety for Walmart stores recently stated, “To make dramatic improvements in reducing the burden of foodborne disease, we need to get much better at influencing and changing human behavior.”

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Fresh to Market: Innovation Ensuring Faster, Safer Produce to Shelves

Posted by Mandi Kim, Food Safety Specialist on Aug 15, 2016 10:50:52 AM

Getting fresh produce to market while still ensuring quality and safety is often a paradox in the produce industry. The demand for more product with longer shelf life continues to rise as people try to eat healthier foods. However, public health data, recent recalls and outbreaks amidst increasing consumer awareness and changing regulatory requirements create a very challenging landscape for today’s growers, packers, retailers and other links throughout the supply chain. As a result, produce companies are turning to innovative solutions to help them meet the demands of producing and providing safe, quality products in a timely manner.

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Today is National Eat Your Vegetables Day

Posted by Stacey Garcia, Ph.D. on Jun 17, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Did you know that June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month, and June 17th is National Eat Your Vegetables Day1? Fruits and vegetables are the perfect companion for other well-known June activities of BBQs, picnics, and other food-focused fun. 

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Roka's Chief Commercial Officer discusses Pathogen Detection and More

Posted by Mary Duseau on May 19, 2015 3:24:00 PM

Mary Duseau started at Roka in February as Chief Commercial Officer. Here’s Mary's thoughts on her first three months at Roka. 

My first three months at Roka as the new Chief Commercial Officer have been, in short, fantastic! I’ve had a chance to meet most of the Roka team and traveled several weeks from the farms and fields in Southern California full of beautiful produce to a colder, but equally beautiful, Midwest to see the poultry, dairy, and beef industries. 

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International Spinach Conference and Southwest Agricultural Summit

Posted by Chad Fleischer on Mar 19, 2015 10:51:42 AM

Recently, I had the opportunity to attend the International Spinach Conference and Southwest Agricultural Summit in Yuma, Arizona. While there, I learned a lot about the area’s production of spinach and discussed some of agricultural production’s biggest challenges. Yuma is in the top 0.1% of agricultural producers in the nation, with 1.43 million production acres of land in the Southwestern area, so it comes as no surprise that the area should host the Agricultural Summit and Spinach conference!

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Controlling Listeria in Fresh Produce: Views from a California Native

Posted by Monee Dulay on Jan 20, 2015 10:23:00 AM

Living in California, I am blessed by the abundance of fresh produce grown all around me. The varying climates and microclimates of California enable a diverse offering of fruits vegetables and nuts, from avocados and citrus in the South, to leafy greens and celery in the Salinas Valley, to almonds and pistachios in the San Joaquin Valley. My ideal location in San Diego enables me to network, engage, and understand both the common and varying needs of the industry as a Technical Sales Specialist with Roka Bioscience. In my discussions with local producers, the impact of the upcoming FSMA regulations and Listeria monocytogenes control procedures have been a chief topic across the board. In my research to support customers with industry information, I found this great resource by United Fresh Produce Association, Guidance on Environmental Monitoring and Control of Listeria for the Fresh Produce Industry.

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The Power of Choice: Pathogen Detection in Produce

Posted by W. Evan Chaney, PhD on Oct 10, 2014 9:00:00 AM

The rapid detection of microbial pathogens in pre- and post-harvest sample matrices is a relatively young discipline, even more so for some specific segments of the food industry like produce. Public health data, recalls and outbreaks amidst increasing consumer awareness and regulatory requirements are creating an environment that challenges food producers to find innovative solutions to meet the demands of the environment. Not to mention the need to be conducive toward larger production volumes and rapid dissemination of finished goods to feed a growing population.

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