Gardens and Gardening

Posted on Jan 31, 2013 in Ag Resources

Food quality and safety is of growing interest to consumers and thus to regulators. The United States Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration are leading the way with on-farm and processing guidelines. Here are some links to bring you up to speed on these issues.

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Food Recall and Safety Notices

  • FDA recall and safety notices
  • USDA  – Food Safety Inspection Service – Recall Notices
  • Food recalls at – up-to-date info on food and product recalls.
  • FoodNet – “The Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network (FoodNet) is the principal foodborne disease component of CDC’s Emerging Infections Program (EIP).”
  • ProMED – Program for monitoring emerging diseases by the Federation of American Scientists.
  • PulseNet – “is a national network of public health laboratories that performs DNA “fingerprinting” on bacteria that may be foodborne. The network permits rapid comparison of these “fingerprint” patterns through an electronic database at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The DNA “fingerprinting” method is called pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE). “

Regulations every food producer and processor needs to be familiar with.


FDA Food Safety Regulations

OSHA Standards for Agriculture

EPA Regulations for Agriculture

State of Hawaii

Hawaii Department of Agriculture

Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations – HIOSH standards
Hawaii Occupational Safety and Health Division HIOSH standards may be found at

Hawaii Department of Health

US Government’s Gateway to Food Safety Information

US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

US Department of Agriculture

US Department of Commerce

US Department of Defense

  •  U.S. Army Veterinary Command (VETCOM) – Listing of approved food suppliers by State and Product. The United States Army Veterinary Command (VETCOM) provides military veterinary services in support of United States Army Medical Command (MEDCOM) and Department of Defense (DOD) missions in their areas of responsibility. The responsibilities of VETCOM include food safety and quality assurance, care of government owned animals, and animal disease prevention and control.

US Environmental Protection Agency

US Food and Drug Administration

US Institutes of Medicine

Links and publications of interest

Food Irradiation and Biotechnology

  • Alliance for Better Foods – a trade group promoting bio-tech foods.
  • Center for Consumer Research (UC Davis) “The Center focuses on consumer attitudes toward food safety and quality. Increased information on consumer attitudes and perceptions can increase the exchange between those who provide goods and services and those who utilize them. Questions and answers about food irradiation and biotechnology.”
  • Council for Biotechnology Information – “Biotechnology Information has been founded by leading biotechnology companies to create a public dialogue and share information about biotechnology that is based on objective scientific research, independent expert opinion and peer-reviewed published reports.”
  • Most often asked questions about food irradiation and other valuable links on the subject (Univ. of Michigan)

International Organizations Working on Food Safety

Food Safety in Food Processing Establishments and Trade Associations

Postharvest Handling Advice

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