Date: Mar 14, 2013

The Produce Safety Alliance, in collaboration with the FDA, will be hosting a series of Q & A teleconferences to discuss specific sections of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Proposed Produce Safety Rule.  This is a great opportunity to ask questions directly to the FDA staff.  Dr. Jim Gorny, Senior Advisor for Produce Safety, and Dr. Erick Snellman, Policy Analyst, will be available to answer questions. 

Each teleconference will have a different focus as spelled out in the schedule below.  Industry members are encouraged to submit comments or questions to the docket regarding issues that FDA should clarify or address in the final rule or in companion guidance documents.  Comments must be submitted BEFORE May 16, 2013.

There are two ways to comment:
1.) Comment electronically at!docketDetail;D=FDA-2011-N-0921

2.) Written comments may be faxed to the FDA at 301-827-6870 or mailed to:

Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305)
Food and Drug Administration
5630 Fishers Lane, Room 1061
Rockville, MD  20852

Q & A Session with the FDA

Mar 18, 11am EDT: Understanding Exemptions

Mar 25, 11am EDT: Agricultural Water

Apr 22, 11 am EDT: Soil Amendments

Apr 25, 11 am EDT: Domestic and Wild Animals

TBA - Growing, Harvesting, Packing, & Holding Activities

TBA - Equipment, Tools, Buildings, & Sanitation

TBA - Health, Hygiene, and Training of Workers

TBA - Recordkeeping, Compliance, & Enforcement

The links below will take you to other documents that may help clarify the proposed rule. 

Proposed Produce Safety Rule at a Glance:

Proposed Produce Rule Subpart Fact Sheets:

To participate in the teleconference, dial the toll-free number below 5 minutes prior to the presentation. No registration is required.  

*Dial toll-free: 866-906-9888
*Enter passcode: 8140591

Any questions about this series, contact Gretchen Wall at 607-255-6806 or

For more information from Western Growers on this issue, contact, Sonia Salas, director of science & technology at 949-885-2252.

WG Staff Contact

Sonia Salas
Assistant Vice President, Science

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