Date: Mar 19, 2013
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Western Growers encourages you to attend this important presentation April 9 or 11 that will cover the Produce Rule. WG and others will sponsor two listening sessions with the California Department of Food and Agriculture on the USDA FSMA Proposed Fresh Produce and Preventive Control Rules. The Proposed Fresh Produce Rule will be presented on Tuesday, April 9 in Tulare, CA and both the Proposed Fresh Produce and Preventive Control Rules will be presented on Thursday, April 11 in Woodland, CA.

April 9:
Proposed Fresh Produce Rule
9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 
International Agri-Center
4500 S. Laspina Street
Tulare, CA 93274

April 11:
Proposed Fresh Produce Rule
9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Proposed Preventive Controls Rule
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Heidrick Ag History Center
1962 Hays Lane
Woodland, CA 95776

Pre-registration is required. Register today.

The following is courtesy of the CDFA:

The FDA FSMA was signed into law by President Obama on January 4, 2011. It aims to ensure the U.S. food supply is safe by shifting the focus of federal regulators from responding to incidents to preventing them. On January 4, 2013, FDA issued two major proposed FSMA rules regarding preventive controls in human food and produce safety. The California Department of Food and Agriculture will be hosting public listening sessions in California concerning the two proposed rules. The purpose of the listening sessions will be to provide industry an overview of the proposed rules, solicit comments, respond to questions, and inform the public about the rulemaking process.

Invited speakers include: Michael Taylor, Deputy Commissioner for Foods & Veterinary Medicine, U.S. Food & Drug Administration; Dr. Jeff Farrar, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs & Partnerships, Office of Foods & Veterinary Medicine, U.S. Food & Drug Administration; Barbara Cassens, ‪Senior Advisor/Acting Director, Office of Partnerships, U.S. Food & Drug Administration; Sandra Schubert, Undersecretary, CDFA; James R. Gorny, Ph.D. Senior Advisor for Produce Safety, U.S. Food & Drug Administration; Jenny Scott, Senior Advisor, Office of Food Safety, U.S. Food & Drug Administration; Rick S. Jensen, Director, Division of Inspection Services, CDFA; and, Patrick Kennelly, Chief, Food Safety Section, California Department of Public Health.

For more information visit http://www.cdfa.ca.gov/is/fsma.html.

WG Staff Contact

Hank Giclas
Sr. Vice President, Strategic Planning, Science & Technology
949-885-2205

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