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Webinar Set On Best Practices For Growing, Handling Mexican Papaya

TIPA Mexican papaya

Due to the number of growers, packers and importers downloading the Food Safety Best Practices Guide for the Growing and Handling of Mexican Papaya document from the Texas International Produce Association (TIPA) and the United Fresh Produce Association (UFPA) websites, a webinar has been scheduled for June 4.

Hosted by TIPA and UFPA, speakers will include Dante Galeazzi, president and CEO of TIPA, and Emily Griep, food safety manager of UFPA. This webinar also will discuss how this broad international collaboration plans to make the guide an on-going effort, with an education and research component, and how partners can help drive early adoption on a large scale.

Sparked by a Salmonella outbreak in June of 2019, it was evident that measures were needed to identify and address risks, and to bring the entire industry up to a higher base-line for food safety.

“We’ve received incredible feedback from retail and foodservice companies, particularly during the development of the best practices document,” said Galeazzi. “During this webinar, we expect more questions from all the various buyer entities in North America. As an industry, we want those further up the supply chain to not only embrace but to promote this effort and encourage their suppliers of Mexican papayas to participate in this guidance. After all, it’s a free document!”

Registration is free and will be hosted using Zoom, on June 4:

To download the “Food Safety Best Practices Guide for the Growing & Handling of Mexican Papaya, First Edition,” click the following links for English or Spanish.

Founded in 1942, TIPA promotes, advocates, educates and represents the nearly $8 billion in fresh produce that is either grown in the state or calls Texas the first point of U.S.-arrival for North American distribution.

From family businesses to global corporations, United Fresh brings together members across every segment of the supply chain to build relationships.


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