FDA continues to release information intended to help communicate and clarify rules that have been proposed for the fresh produce industry under the new Food Safety Modernization Act.
Yesterday, the FDA posted several new resources targeted to small and medium size growers on a newly designed FSMA website. The new resources include explanations of proposed requirements on agricultural water, alternatives and variances as well as an infographic that shows some of FDA’s rationale for including produce without a history of outbreaks. These resources have been developed to address questions on the proposed Produce Safety Rule and support FDA and industry outreach/education efforts.
“I am very pleased to see that FDA is working hard to address important producer questions during the development of this rule,” said Western Grower’s Hank Giclas. “Their efforts will ensure that the industry can provide informed feedback during the comment period and will help improve the rules as well as facilitate compliance once the rules are finalized.” Giclas went on to say, “Western Growers will remain engaged with the FDA to promote these type of outreach and education efforts in an effort to help growers of all sizes understand FDA proposals, provide informed feedback to the agency and develop and implement strong preventive food safety programs that are consistent with the final rules.”
According to Michael Taylor, Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine, the FDA expects and welcomes questions that arise during the rulemaking process. September 16 is the extended deadline to submit any comments to the FDA.
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