It remains to be seen exactly how the new law will impact groups with food safety programs in place, but leaders from these various organizations say they have been impressed by the collaboration FDA has shown in recent years after taking lessons from past high-profile incidents.
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“We worked with the agency to develop our tomato metrics, and they have endorsed our program,” says Brown. “Florida has established and had significant success in tailoring the metrics to the different ranges of production in the state. We believe it will be viewed as a model on how to ensure tomato food safety nationally.”
“We have had a few enforcement actions, but the violations have not been great,” he says. “Most people already are doing the right things routinely just as a part of doing good business.”
Currently, the OPMA is collecting signatures on a petition that will go to the Ohio Department of Agriculture this spring for codification. Growers already are signing up for membership in the group and will be implementing its four core food safety principles. Audits will begin this year and the program should be operating at full capacity by the 2012 growing season.
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