Food safety at the forefront for melon industry

06/01/2012 10:43:00 AM
Melissa Shipman

“We work closely with the industry and organizations to make sure the protocol is aware of and implemented above and beyond, from handling and all the way through the supply chain,” said Monique McLaws, new product and marketing director for Dulcinea Farms LLC, Ladera Ranch, Calif.

“At this point, that’s just part of our protocol,” she said.

“There will be additional costs, but you can’t put a price tag on human life and food safety. Growers and shippers and retailers have all been supportive,” Patricio said.

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Mark Arney    
Orlando  |  June, 01, 2012 at 12:29 PM

The word "melon" is used in this article's headline and within the text of the article. Research shows that most people associate "melon" with watermelons. The watermelon industry, and rightly so, is trying to distance itself from the crisis that has befallen the cantaloupe industry. By nature of its smooth skin, watermelons are less susceptible to the growth of pathogens than cantaloupes. We hope that The Packer's reporter's will refrain from using the word "melons" in future articles on this topic.

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