After 146 people were sickened (with 36 dead) by Listeria-tainted cantaloupe grown in Colorado, the California Cantaloupe Growers finally charged/backed into action.  They are now in the process of adopting the “California Cantaloupe Program.”  You have to wonder why it took 36 dead and a total of 146 sickened to wake them up?  It is not like cantaloupe outbreaks had not happened before:

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  • Paul F Schwarz

    I haven’t noticed anything about auditing firms? Will auditing firms and procedures be addressed? Will this be business as usual? Obviously guidelines have replaced regulations. I guess that regulations is a bad word to the growers. I used to receive guidance by my late father, but if I disregarded the guidance I paid the price. If the growers disregard these new ‘guidelines’ who will pay the price? We will!
    Paul F Schwarz Jr
    Section 51 Row 1 Grave 3 Ft Leavenworth/Leavenworth National Cemetery

  • Sam

    I guarantee the auditing agencies will never be held accountable for their actions. Just like “kosher” certification, third party auditing is a scam that adds no value to the food supply. I wonder how many more people will die from eating food which was produced at “superior” rated facilities before the Global Food Safety Initiative (the evil force driving the current third party scheme) comes crashing down.
    Until there is a conscious effort to control the ethics of food marketing and sales people, it will be business as usual for people like Stewart Parnell.