Redundant audits debated

01/18/2013 10:51:00 AM
Jim Offner

Sally Blackman, manager of food safety & nutrition with the Canadian Produce Marketing Association, agreed.

“Certainly that’s what we’re hoping for, as you add much acceptance by harmonizing,” she said.

Hank Giclas, senior vice president of strategic planning, science and technology, for Irvine, Calif.-based Western Growers, described a one-size-fits-all comprehensive audit as the “holy grail” of the industry.

“What we have seen in our collective examination of these audit programs is that 90-plus percent of them are the same, so a reasonable person would assume we could get to a standardized audit issue,” he said.


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