“The ultimate goal is get something that follows the FDA guidelines for produce safety,” Stenzel said.
In the end, the success or failure of the effort may depend on acceptance of the concept by buyers.
“It may come down to business decisions of retailers and foodservice companies, whether or not they will agree and accept a common audit,” Stenzel said.
Committee members also asked Stenzel who would own the audit standard and be responsible to make changes to it when science would warrant. Stenzel aid the concept has been for the standard to be open to the public and available to all, and said the effort has not identified who would own the standard and keep it current.
Another question addressed how individual auditors would be certified and Stenzel said that has not been determined.