(Jan. 26, 2:15 p.m.) Jalapeño pepper grower Bailey Farms, Oxford, N.C., has jumped on the food safety bandwagon by hiring a food safety manager.

David Ross began work with the company in August and has set up a food safety program, said president Randy Bailey. He will then move on to implement a program at Bailey’s growing operation in Quincy, Fla.

“You just have to learn the systems and have the people on staff. It is really not that expensive to have a food safety program,” Bailey said of meeting the new standard for food safety in the marketplace. “A lot of the expenses are the up-front expenses.”

Bailey said new procedures include record keeping and product testing, and a lot of labor to set up all of the systems.

“He has HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) training and Servsafe — the restaurant food safety training,” Bailey said of Ross. “He’s trained and has him up to speed in a few months and he knows what to do.”