FOOD SAFETY PRESSURE IS ON AT RETAIL

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- The rapid growth in demand for fresh-cut produce and updated federal guidelines for safe food handling are forcing produce managers to take a tougher approach to sanitation and food safety.The guidelines, issued earlier this year by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, are designed to prevent the spread of food-borne bacteria. According to the Center for Disease Control

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- The rapid growth in demand for fresh-cut produce and updated federal guidelines for safe food handling are forcing produce managers to take a tougher approach to sanitation and food safety.

The guidelines, issued earlier this year by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, are designed to prevent the spread of food-borne bacteria. According to the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, food-borne bacteria cause some 9,000 deaths and more than 80 million reporte

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