Florida tomato industry seeks single food safety audit

09/06/2012 08:09:00 AM
Vicky Boyd

“We’ve been working with the state of Florida, and they’re preparing themselves to be able to provide audits that will, to my knowledge, meet all of the demands of the customer base that are out there with a single audit,” he said.

A new sliding fee structure will reflect various levels, Brown said, allowing grower and packers to choose based on customer requirements.

“It’s been a long time coming and it will probably be a bit buggy for the first cycle of this process, but it’s achievable,” he said.

Wes Roan, food safety quality control manager for Immokalee, Fla.-based Lipman, praised the efforts.

“Everyone would love to have one audit, and I hope that can be a reality,” Roan said.

But he said he had concerns whether some buyers would become picky about the entity conducting the audit.


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Harvestresponse    
Nogales Az  |  September, 06, 2012 at 12:36 PM

"Some quick-serve restaurants — most notably Subway — require the audit be conducted by a U.S. Department of Agriculture-credentialed inspector, Brown said." How would foreign product be audited if USDA inspectors are not allowed to travel abroad?

Hector E. Lopez Godoy    
Guatemala, Centro America.  |  September, 13, 2012 at 12:28 AM

Los inspectores de USDA, verifican y visitan todas las operaciones de exportacion que tiene el pais, sin no se da este paso, no pueden entrar al mercado de los USA. Toda empresa que emite certificacion de Global GAP, como Primus Lab. Aunque emite certificacion, se debe avalar por certificadores de el departamento de USDA

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