By Matt Reese
While millions of people enjoy multiple delicious, high quality meals every day across the country, it is an unfortunate fact that the very small percentage of bad meals people eat are by far the most memorable.
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), between 1996 and 2010, approximately 131 produce-related outbreaks were reported, resulting in 14,132 illnesses, 1,360 hospitalizations and 27 deaths. When people get sick and die from their food, it is not soon forgotten by consumers and policy makers. With food safety concerns a hot political topic the FDA was required to develop standards for growing, harvesting, packing and holding fresh produce on farms with passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act in January of 2011.
With looming action from the FDA, and the rise of other marketing agreements around the country that did not fit Ohio’s diverse group of fruit and vegetable growers, Ohio leaders saw the writing on the wall and took proactive measures by starting the process to develop the Ohio Produce Marketing Agreement (OPMA).… Continue readingRead More »