Western Growers recently met with Walmart leadership to discuss Walmart’s Supplier Quality Excellence Program (SQEP). Walmart’s team is interested in learning more about how they can improve the quality of pallets that are entering the system before they make it to suppliers. They are also open to hearing more about the dispute resolution process for SQEP fines and how the process might be revisited or better communicated.

Michelle Rivera

IRVINE, CALIF. (Dec. 6, 2022) - Following the release of the Reagan-Udall Foundation report on proposed reforms to the Food and Drug Administration's Human Foods Program, Western Growers SVP of Science, De Ann Davis, issued the following statement:

“We are very pleased and thankful for the expert panel’s dedication to this report. We think it reflects many of the conversations that we’ve had and recommendations that we made, including the need for a single point of leadership for the agency when it comes to human foods program.

Ann Donahue

Since routine inspections of farms subject to the Produce Safety Rule (PSR) began in 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and National Association of Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) have worked closely with state and industry partners to prepare regulators and farms for inspections through training, technical assistance, educational visits, and On-Farm Readiness Review (OFRR).

So far, routine inspections have been educational to assist farmers with becoming more familiar with the PSR requirements.

To date:

Michelle Rivera

Carl Casale, Senior Agricultural Partner at Ospraie Ag Science, joins the podcast to talk about his company's overarching goal in venture capital: to produce more high-quality food with less impact on the environment.

"By 2030, half the world's population is going to be middle class or wealthy and the other half of the population is going to have the same issue of needing more calories to meet their basic needs," he says. "But for half the population - they aren't going to need more calories, but they are going to care deeply about how those calories are produced."

Ann Donahue

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