Sep 26, 2013 8:37 PM by Bill Folsom
Audit shows safety excellence by Rocky Ford farmers
Rocky Ford farmers have released information about a food safety audit just conducted on their new upgraded melon processing plant. It is a 400 point inspection and out of a possible 100 they scored a near perfect 99.4%. "We're trying to go above and beyond what is expected of farmers now," said Rocky Ford Growers Association President, Michael Hirakata, "We want to be transparent with consumers because we wouldn't feed anybody what we wouldn't feed our own families." Rocky Ford farmers launched an effort to protect their reputation following the listeria outbreak linked to Jensen Farms in Grenada, Colorado. They trademarked their melons and spent more than a million dollars upgrading processing facilities. The Rocky Ford farmers have no connection to the outbreak, but they say the future of farming relies on making sure they provide a trusted product.