“We often lose business to those with lesser programs because of cost,” Daniels said.
But he has seen a paradigm shift since 2006.
Daniels said part of the shift is because chief executive officers have become convinced food safety expenses have bottom line rewards. Transparency is beginning to increase, on the government side as well as industry.
“We need to stop relying on liability insurance to protect us and instead take action so we don’t need to rely on it,” Daniels said.
He said academia and non-governmental organizations such as produce associations need to be more organized with their research projects and funding to avoid redundancies.
“And I believe government has recognized the need to change and to be on the same page in their regional offices as they are in Washington D.C.,” Daniels said.