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.