The first seminar on the National Cantaloupe Guidance was April 10.
The meeting, led by officials from Seattle-based food safety consultant Intertox, included work on new commodity-specific food safety guidelines for melons, according to a news release from Irvine, Calif.-based Western Growers.
The seminars, which will be held every Tuesday through July 24, are a joint effort of Western Growers; the Newark, Del.-based Produce Marketing Association; the Washington, D.C.-based United Fresh Produce Association; and the Nogales, Ariz.-based Fresh Produce Association of the Americas.
Intertox staff scientist Susan Leaman and Diane Wetherington, the company’s executive vice president, led the April 10 meeting.
Participants included Allison Moore, communications director for the FPAA; Bob Whitaker, PMA’s chief science and technology officer; Dave Gombas, United Fresh’s senior vice president of food safety and technology; and Hank Giclas, senior vice president for science technology and strategic planning for Western Growers.
A draft of the new guidelines is expected to be completed by Aug. 1.