Do audits and inspections make food safer? Sometimes, or not; Florida tomato growers look to harmonized audits

Florida tomato grower, packers and shippers may, according to The Grower,  finally get some relief from audit fatigue caused by having to undergo several different food safety inspections required by multiple buyers.

Reggie Brown, executive vice president of the Maitland-based Florida Tomato Exchange, said he hoped that with the beginning of this year’s tomato season in late fall that buyers ben-corn-300x184will opt for a single harmonized audit.

“It would be just one audit and it would include the fields and the packing facilities,” Brown said.

But do audits or inspections enhance food safety? Or is there another way? Are some companies better?