Although Schneider says he’d like to think that most growers have adopted the measures, he was nonetheless surprised at how many attendees of his recent training session at the Southeast Fruit and Vegetable Conference in Savannah, Ga., had never been to a GAPs meeting before.
UF’s Institute of Food and Agriculture plans to hire another food safety Extension specialist based at Lake Alfred to boost educational outreach, Schneider says. IFAS also will modify its GAPs training to incorporate the new requirements, once they’re finalized.
All of these measures just reinforce the seriousness of food safety and that everybody in the agricultural community needs to share responsibility.
“Food safety is important, regardless of the size of your operation,” Schneider says, repeating his familiar mantra.
(You can read the full FSMA proposal at http://1.usa.gov/VDestM.)