Roberts said the industry is hoping to have international benchmarks on the safety process.
“We are now in the process of developing a consensus for all tomato food safety protocols,” she said. “The purpose is to prevent someone changing the process for the benefit of their company.”
This is the sixth year the tomato exchange has sponsored a food safety session during its yearly joint tomato conference.
The conference continues through Sept. 10 with grower sessions, Brown’s yearly state of the tomato industry address, and yearly meetings of the tomato committee, tomato exchange and the Florida Tomato Growers Exchange.