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Southeast vegetable conference to focus on food safety

By Doug Ohlemeier | The Packer

Georgia and Florida growers are to hear about food safety developments from leading industry officials during an upcoming southeastern growers’ conference.


Southeast vegetable conference to focus on food safety

David Gombas, senior vice president of food safety and technology for the United Fresh Produce Association, Washington, D.C.,  along with grower-shipper food safety officials are scheduled to talk about the issue during a food safety conference scheduled for Jan. 8 as part of the Jan. 8-10 Southeast Regional Fruit & Vegetable Conference in Savannah, Ga.

On Jan. 8, the conference, co-sponsored by the Georgia Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association and the South Carolina Peach Council, will feature a product recall crisis management forum.

Gombas as well as some yet to be announced growers who have experienced recalls are scheduled to participate in the session.

“We are trying to keep growers informed on the latest food safety activities and regulations,” said Charles Hall, executive director of the La Grange-based association. “This conference has a lot of new speakers and will cover many new subjects on food safety and other issues.”

In other food safety sessions, Walter Ram, food safety director at The Giumarra Cos., Los Angeles, is scheduled to discuss national tomato food safety guidelines while Raina Nelson, director of food safety and quality assurance for Rosemont Farms Corp., Boca Raton, Fla., is scheduled to talk about mock recalls.

Officials from HarvestMark, the fresh food traceability system  offered by YottaMark Inc., Redwood City, Calif., are scheduled to talk about the Produce Traceability Initiative.

Other parts of the 10tth annual convention include grower sessions on growing blackberries and raspberries, blueberries, peaches, Vidalia onions, peaches, strawberries and organics.

More information on the conference can be found here
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