CORRECTED: Web conference covers cantaloupe food safety

01/10/2012 08:27:00 AM
Tom Karst

(CORRECTED): The roadmap for cantaloupe food safety is the agenda of a Jan. 12 Web-based news conference hosted by the Produce Marketing Association and the Center for Produce Safety.

The event, scheduled for 4 p.m. EST, will be a follow-up to an invitation-only meeting on cantaloupe food safety issues Jan. 11, hosted by the Center for Produce Safety.

The Jan. 12 news conference will cover cantaloupe food safety guidance, standards and technologies and will include Stephen Patricio, president of Westside Produce, Firebaugh, Calif., and chair of the Center for Produce Safety Advisory Board, Bob Whitaker, chief science and technology officer for Newark, Del.-based PMA and chair of the Center for Produce Safety Technical Committee, and Bonnie Fernandez-Fenaroli, executive director of the Center for Produce Safety.

Patricio is also chairman of the Dinuba-based California Cantaloupe Advisory Board.
Registration, available online, is required.

Note on correction: The article originally failed to specify the conference is intended for members of the press.



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Bill Marler    
Seattle  |  January, 10, 2012 at 09:32 AM

Hmm, curious that none of the 150 who were sickened or the families of the 32 who died were invited to the meeting

TimYork    
Salinas, CA  |  January, 13, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Mr. Marler, The meeting was focused on finding solutions, addressing research needs, and how to shape the cantaloupe industry so that these kinds of tragedies do not occur again. The victims were ever present in the thoughts of those present, and remarked upon several times. Their presence would not have added any more gravity or urgency to the meeting. As an industry, we continue our endeavor to, at your request, “put you out of business”. You could help demonstrate you are serious about that request by contributing research dollars to the Center for Produce Safety.

Steve    
CA  |  January, 10, 2012 at 11:01 AM

"invitation-only meeting"??? Maybe your "Members ONLY" Club should be renamed to "Secret Society Produce Safety Center" (SSPSC). Doesn't this involve the whole public? The same who will potential be consuming your "melon's"? I'm STILL NOT EATING or FEEDING my CHILDREN Cantaloupe! I'll just substitute it for stone fruit or mango. SIMPLE!

Jennifer    
CA  |  January, 10, 2012 at 11:28 AM

The Jan. 12 meeting is a WebEx meeting open to the public and free.

Jennifer    
CA  |  January, 10, 2012 at 11:24 AM

The Jan. 12 meeting is open to the public.

Steve    
CA  |  January, 10, 2012 at 08:43 PM

"The event, scheduled for 4 p.m. EST, will be a follow-up to an invitation-only meeting on cantaloupe food safety issues Jan. 11, hosted by the Center for Produce Safety." We should ALL be involved here from start to finish. So the public is ONLY important for a follow-up? STILL NOT EATING or FEEDING my CHILDREN Cantaloupe! Besides, they have loved the stone fruit and mango salads I have prepared for them for snacks and or for their healthy breakfast with yogurt.

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