Did you know that while Americans are consuming more fruits and vegetables than in 1970, the average U.S. diet still falls short of the recommendations in the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines? Now more than ever before, contributions to the field of produce safety help ensure that a safe, abundant, and affordable supply of produce is available to feed our families and communities, while encouraging them to consume more fresh fruits and vegetables in their diet.

We draw your attention to this statistic as a reminder of the bigger picture within our food system, and as a thank you for your commitment to producing safe food and/or your efforts in educating those within the industry about produce safety practices.

2019 is sure to bring lots of learning opportunities as implementation dates come into effect, and in this newsletter you will find pertinent updates from FDA on what to expect from routine inspections, upcoming Train-the-Trainer Course opportunities, and new resources.