The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released the summary report of its sampling of cucumbers, which was conducted as part of an ongoing effort to help ensure food safety and prevent contaminated products from reaching consumers.

The FDA issued the cucumber assignment in November 2015 under its then new sampling model. The agency collected and tested 1,601 samples to determine the prevalence of Salmonella spp. and Escherichia coli O157:H7 in the commodity. About 76% of the samples collected and tested were from imported cucumbers and the rest were from domestically grown cucumbers, comparable to their respective U.S. market shares at the start of the assignment. The agency designed its sampling plan to detect rates of contamination of ≥1% if present in the commodity.

The FDA found the prevalence of Salmonella in the cucumbers sampled to be 1.75%. The agency did not detect E. coli O157:H7 or other pathogenic E. coli in any of the samples.

Press release

Report

More News right arrow

Simplifying restaurants’ foodservice ware may encourage composting

A new study, conducted by the non-profit Zero Waste organization Eco-Cycle, finds restaurants can play a crucial role in diverting food waste away from U.S. landfills.

Bimbo Bakeries USA commits to 100% sustainable packaging by 2025

Bimbo Bakeries USA has announced that it is committing to 100% sustainable packaging for its entire product portfolio by 2025.

Cornell partners in $10 million poultry science grant

Cornell University is co-leading a $9.95 million, five-year U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant that aims to transform nutrition and water use in the poultry industry in order to improve its environmental impact and enhance human health.

Maple Leaf Foods claims to be carbon neutral

Maple Leaf Foods claims to be the first major food company in the world to be carbon neutral.

USDA, EPA, and FDA partner with the Food Waste Reduction Alliance

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have announced a new partnership with the Food Waste Reduction Alliance, the latest effort in the Winning on Reducing Food Waste Initiative launched by the three federal agencies in 2018.

IFT Weekly Newsletter

Rich in industry news and highlights, the Weekly Newsletter delivers the goods in to your inbox every Wednesday.

Subscribe for free