“We’re currently developing a habitat landscaping project around the perimeter of the greenhouses,” comments Verrier. “We want to attract beneficial insects and have an additional banking system to rear more biological controls.”
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Food Safety Summit Recap
The 2014 Food Safety Summit, held on April 8 to 10 at the Baltimore Convention Center, provided attendees with timely workshops, pre-certification programs, informative sessions, and networking opportunities with 178 vendors on the show floor. Key members of the government were in attendance, including representatives from the Association of Food & Drug Officials, along with Town Hall participants Michael Taylor, deputy commissioner for foods, FDA, Brian Ronholm, under secretary for food safety, USDA, and Joseph Corby, executive director of the Association of Food and Drug Officials.
The Food Quality & Safety Award ceremony featured a keynote address on the food safety culture at Land O’Lakes, Inc., which was delivered by Sara Mortimore, vice president of product safety, quality assurance, and regulatory affairs. “Our goal is to have each of our 10,000 employees be quality champions, where each one knows how to do the right things—even when no one is looking,” explained Mortimore.
Unfortunately, this year’s Summit was overshadowed with report of an associated foodborne outbreak. At press time, the Baltimore City Health Department and Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene were continuing investigation on an outbreak of gastroenteritis at the convention center. There were over 100 reported illnesses, mostly self-limited diarrhea. No related hospitalizations or deaths have been reported. –FQ&S