Food safety promises to be a critical issue for fruit and vegetable producers, packers and processors for the foreseeable future as consumers, legislators and industry watchdogs demand improvements and transparency in sanitation and oversight.
“In the next few years, we are likely to see mandatory requirements for good agricultural practices, regulations on traceback and other mandates for everyone in the produce industry,” says a spokesman for the Texas Produce Association (TPA).
A Town Hall session on food safety will highlight the 2009 Texas produce convention, slated for August 19-21 in Austin. Experts from FDA, USDA and industry will predict what will happen in the next few years.
“What is going to happen on food safety is not clear,” the spokesman said. “However, things are starting to come into focus and producers and others in the industry need to learn about them now so they can gear up before it’s too late.”
The annual convention also features updates on immigration law enforcement, including details on completing the revised I-9 form. One of the foremost experts on how to prevent problems with I-9s will discuss the issue.
The annual convention is sponsored by TPA, The Texas Vegetable Association and Texas Citrus Mutual. For more information call (956) 584-1772 or check http://texasproduceassociation.com/convention/convention.asp?cn_id=111. Or email [email protected].
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