Hort Show panelists tackle food safety

12/03/2013 01:58:00 PM
Vicky Boyd

As the audits grow in complexity, Warren Morgan, president of Quincy-based Double Diamond Fruit, said he feared they will move further away from higher-risks practices, and growers will get hung up on the details.

When asked by an audience member whether he thought the tree-fruit industry would ever have a single, harmonized audit, Morgan said he didn’t.

“I just don’t see that there will ever be a single audit because food safety is big business,” he said, referring to the auditing and certification firms.

Regardless of the program, the panelists agreed that audits alone can’t be the focus of a successful food safety program. Instead, they said everybody within a company must buy into a culture of food safety.

“It’s not just tracking but becoming food safety,” said Derek Allred, a grower of diversified crops with Mt. View Acres, Royal City.

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Alan Kemmerer    
PA  |  December, 05, 2013 at 09:32 PM

Growers need to stand stand up and stay enough already. We are producing abundant, safe, affordable food for the last 200 years in the USA. If we need to comply with a food safety program let it be administered by the USDA (GAP) and one certification should be good for all retailers!!!!!

idaho  |  December, 08, 2013 at 07:59 AM

There will eventually be a reduced number of audits in the future. There will be the growing pains first.

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