Date: Nov 19, 2013
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Last week, Western Growers submitted comments to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)  on two proposed rules related to the Food Safety Modernization Act (FMSA).  Western Growers provided comments on the “Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption,” known as the “Produce Rule,” as well as the “Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food” also known as “Preventive Controls Rule.”  

Western Growers’ comments focused on opposition to exemptions and the need for every operator to have a food safety program, the need for increased flexibility throughout the rules, the problems with FDA’s proposals for water testing, the flaws associated with determining which rule applies based on the “ownership” of the commodity among other aspects of the proposed rules.

The comment period deadline for both proposed rules was originally slated for November 15; however, because of technical problems with the FDA’s website, the deadline was extended until November 22.

Due to the length of the submission, Western Growers has prepared a summary of our comments.  For more information, contact Hank Giclas or Sonia Salas.

WG Staff Contact

Hank Giclas
Sr. Vice President, Strategic Planning, Science & Technology

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