Wegmans announces new food safety standards

By the end of this month, all food suppliers for Wegmans will need to show a Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) audit.

According to the USDAâ??s website, the audit verifies "that fruits and vegetables are produced, packed, handled, and stored in the safest manner possible to minimize risks of microbial food safety hazards."

This audit is being done by the a third party auditor, and it checks for irrigation, good growing practices and internal hygiene throughout the farm.

Wegmans began to phase in this practice in 2008, and farms, like Reeves Farm in Baldwinsville, has already made many of the needed updates.

Reeves Farm spends roughly $10,000 every year to keep up with these standards in order to stay in business with many larger stores.

Brian Reeves says, "Customers should not expect to see any price increases, even with our increased spending." Reeves says any of the increases would have already been seen back in 2008.