Finding morning inspiration and Del Monte's 2012 results - The Packer

Finding morning inspiration and Del Monte's 2012 results

02/19/2013 09:19:00 AM
Tom Karst

 Please take into consideration the lack of risk associated with apples, cherries, and pears as it relates to water contamination. Obviously all these fruits are grown in trees and present an extremely low risk to contamination. Additionally, once harvested, these particular crops are processed through a highly regulated chlorine bath to mitigate possible contamination.

Most Northwest growers are voluntarily participating in the USDA GAP and/or Global GAP programs that require the annual testing of water sources and often times multiple tests per season. Steps are currently in place to correct an out of tolerance situation, thus aiding in the prevention of food borne pathogens. Necessary tools such as overhead cooling prior to harvest ensure that the grower can protect the crop from intensive sunburn and thus provide a high quality and profitable crop. Risk associated with contamination is minimal due to the aforementioned drenching at the packing facility. Incidents of tree fruit contamination are either insignificant or nonexistent, and these regulations are unwarranted. The overarching proposals in the current draft of this Act represent unnecessary and burdensome regulations based on industry data and research. Special consideration should be considered to grant an exemption to apples, cherries, and pears.


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