Last Friday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released revisions to four of the seven currently proposed rules under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The FDA is seeking comments on these revisions and confirmed a 75-day comment period after they are published in the Federal Register on September 29, 2014. The agency also issued a press release regarding the revisions.
The proposed rules cover the following areas: produce safety, preventive controls for human food, preventive controls for animal food and foreign supplier verification. Western Growers continues to be engaged with the FDA and is working on providing a briefing in coordination with the FDA in the next few days.
Western Growers is focusing attention on two of the proposed rules: 1) the produce safety rule, also officially known as “Standards for Growing, Harvesting, Packing and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption,” and 2) the preventive controls for human food, officially known as “Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food.”
Revisions included in these updated rules go from a new “farm” definition, modified water quality testing provisions to considerations in the use of manure/compost. Stay tuned!
For more information, please contact WG’s Sonia Salas.
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