Cutting it Close

Major, Meg
September 2004
Convenience Store News;9/13/2004, Vol. 40 Issue 12, p116
Trade Publication
This article focuses on produce-handling practices of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). With the FDA's scrutiny of produce-handling practices bound to heighten, retailers can play a more active role than ever in keeping their products and sales safe and secure. That's the advice Jim Gorny, vice president of technology and regulatory affairs for the Alexandria, Virginia-based International Fresh-Cut Produce Association, gives to retailers in light of today's heightened expectations of food safety. Concern about the safety of fresh produce is nothing new for retailers or consumers. But recent events, like the salmonella outbreak that was caused by Roma tomatoes and infected more than 400 Sheetz customers in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, reiterate that when it comes to the safety of fresh fruits and vegetables, a pallet of prevention is worth a truckload of cure. INSET: Time for Action.


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