“In the last decade I’ve talked to large and small scale operators, and some have concerns about the cost,” Giclas said. “But I believe food safety plans are scalable to the size of an operation and I really don’t think the costs are prohibitive. The truth is, they can’t afford not to have food safety procedures in place.”
Giclas said the focus of the National Cantaloupe Guidance website (www.cantaloupe-guidance.org) has shifted from development to a resource center where the guidance document and other resources will be maintained.
The guidance is intended to be a “living document,” Giclas said. Growers, handlers and other users are encouraged to provide comment and feedback during the 2013 growing season via the website. At the end of the season, the development group will evaluate comments, review the guidance and make changes to improve the practicality for industry and protections for consumers, Giclas said.