Food Safety Magazine

News | June 13, 2013

California Cantaloupe Producers Launch Food Safety Program

By Staff


California cantaloupe producers have implemented the only mandatory food safety program in the U.S. produce industry that invites government auditors to inspect all aspects of cantaloupe production operations. These audits are based on 20 years of University research with input from government and food safety experts.

The California Cantaloupe Advisory  Board (CCAB) food safety program relies on United States Department of Food and Agriculture trained auditors employed by the California Department of Food and Agriculture instead of privately contracted auditors. This ensures accountability, uniformity and consistency across the industry.

Government auditors verify that food safety practices are being followed throughout a handler’s operations, including growing, harvesting, packing and cooling. The inspections include announced and unannounced audits. California cantaloupe producers are required to be in 100% compliance with all 156 food safety checkpoints that make up the CCAB audit.