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New USDA produce seal

USDA has initiated a voluntary pilot program under which fresh-cut produce plants can qualify to put USDA "Qualified Through Verification" seals on their packaging.

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So far, five packing facilities of minimally processed produce have qualified, including Handi-Pak Foods, Kankakee, IL; Grimmway Foods, Bakersfield, CA; Babe Foods, Santa Maria, CA; and Tanimura & Antle's Salinas and Yuma, CA, Salad Time Foods® plants. USDA auditors conduct unannounced safety checks of plants as part of the fresh-cut produce program.

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