Cancel OK

Engage, or be doomed to repeat the cycle of outbreaks

AUSTIN, TX—The Center for Produce Safety’s 10th Annual Research Symposium kicked off with a record attendance on June 18, but a minute and a half really hit home for a lot of people in the crowd.

Following the opening panels addressing the 2018 romaine outbreaks and advisory that devastated the industry, Bob Whitaker, Chief Science & Technology Officer for the Newark, DE-based Produce Marketing Association took about a minute and a half to address the one thing he’s certain of:

“The science is going to show us the way,” Whitaker said.

But it’s not going to be easy, and if we don’t engage all parts of the industry, “If we don’t learn from these outbreaks going forward and put that learning to work, we’re just doomed to be in the same cycle again.”

Watch Whitaker’s comments here:

Pamela Riemenschneider is the Retail Editor for Blue Book Services.