Also on the food safety front, the National Watermelon Association has been pleading with Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart Stores Inc., which announced in February its intent to require Global Food Safety Initiative standards to high-risk fruit and vegetable crops by January 2009.
“At first, in reading through those standards, it seemed like they weren’t doable,” Bloebaum said. “At first glance, we thought it was impossible.”
Bloebaum said Delta Fresh, along with Browning & Sons Inc., Madison, Fla., and Global Produce Sales Inc., Lakeland, Fla., encouraged Morrissey to respond to Wal-Mart’s request.
Morrissey said he scheduled a meeting with Wal-Mart officials in December to discuss taking watermelons off their list of high-risk items.