(Oct. 16, STAFF EDITORIAL) While the Food and Drug Administration received much-deserved criticism during this summer’s salmonella outbreak, it was correct in at least one assertion: the produce industry needs to have a better traceback system.

The industry has shown it takes the issue seriously, as evidenced by the work of the Produce Traceability Initiative, a joint project of the Ottawa-based Canadian Produce Marketing Association, the Washington, D.C.-based United Fresh Produce Association and the Newark, Del.-based Produce Marketing Association.

In early October, the joint group discussed its plan seeking voluntary compliance for standard traceability for the entire produce supply chain by the end of 2012 (See (outdated link – contact the web editor at webeditor@thepacker.com if you need this information)