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June 10, 2008
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OGVG’s food safety focus
The FDA announced June 5 that Canadian tomatoes are not the source of the current salmonella outbreak in the United States. Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG) take food safety very seriously and were the first group of growers anywhere in North America to regulate food safety in their industry.

June 10, 2008, Leamington, Ont. —
The FDA announced June 5 that Canadian tomatoes are not the source of
the current salmonella outbreak in the United States. Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG)
take food safety very seriously and were the first group of growers
anywhere in North America to regulate food safety in their industry.


“Retailers and consumers should know that all Ontario greenhouse
vegetable growers of tomatoes, sweet peppers and seedless cucumbers are
required by provincially ma
ogvg_logondated legislation to belong to the Ontario
Greenhouse Vegetable Growers,” says OGVG general manager Kristen
Callow. “All Ontario greenhouse growers must provide the OGVG with
proof of passing a yearly third-party food safety audit in order to
obtain and maintain a licence to grow Ontario greenhouse vegetables.
This ensures that all greenhous
e vegetable growers are following
important food safety standards.”


Ontario greenhouse vegetables are grown in a highly controlled
environment, allowing the industry to regulate all aspects of
production and packaging. Retailers and consumers can continue to feel
confident when purchasing all types of round Canadian greenhouse
tomatoes, such as romas, beefsteak, tomatoes on the vine, cocktail,
plum and all other specialty types.
The OGVG has posted a food safety video on YouTube .