Food Expert Says Growers Bear Primary Food Safety Responsibility

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

A food safety expert has told growers that they should not rely on third party audits to guarantee the safety of their produce.

Larry Goodridge, associate professor at the Center for Meat Safety and Quality in the Department of Animal Sciences at Colorado State University, told farmers that they bear primary responsibility for food safety.

"Each farm or processing facility has to be able to assess their own risks," Goodridge told the governor's annual forum on Colorado agriculture in Denver. "Everybody who produces food has to be responsible for the safety of the food they produce. You cannot rely on third parties. You just can't."

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