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For several years now, Hank Giclas, Western Growers senior vice president of science, technology and strategic planning, has had a vision for a web-based platform that could help growers accumulate, store and regurgitate the data they need to provide to both government officials and the buyer community about the products they grow and ship.
The product traceability pilot projects required by the passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act have been completed and, not surprisingly, the overarching finding is that the current traceability systems that are typically being used today make it “very challenging” for the Food and Drug Administration to conduct a successful investigation following a food-borne illness outbreak.
As a result of the traceback pilot projects authorized by the Food Safety Modernization Act, the Institute of Food Technologists, which conducted the projects, formally listed 10 recommendations to the Food and Drug Administration. The recommendations are as follows:
As the 2013 berry season begins, the team at California Giant is focused squarely on continuing its leadership in food safety. The Operations and Food Safety staff members are working to further enhance programs already in place while adding new elements to benefit everyone through the supply chain from the field to the consumer.
This week Western Growers concluded its summer district meetings, held up and down the California Central Coast and San Joaquin Valley. WG Chairman Mike Jarrard and CEO and President Tom Nassif, along with senior staff, led the discussions that were open to all current members.
Will Romney Beat Obama? Gov. Brown Veto Heat Illness Bills? Please join WG Chairman Mike Jarrard and President and CEO Tom Nassif and other WG leaders for a 90-minute discussion about politics and produce in Oxnard, Santa Maria or Salinas Thursday, Sept. 13. They’ll be in Bakersfield, Visalia and Coalinga Monday, Sept. 17.
A food safety crisis can strike at any time. Are you prepared? Join Western Growers for the 2012 Legal Updates Webinar Series with experts that will help ensure you’re ready in case the unfortunate happens.