The Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health (ADOSH) has issued noticed that the OSH Advisory Committee will hold a public meeting on Wednesday March, 2, 2016, in Yuma, Arizona. Among other agenda items, the committee will be entertaining discussion and taking public comment on recommendations for a proposed ‘backover’ standard covering agriculture issues in Arizona. Backover regulations pertain to equipment and process requirements for a variety of vehicles when traveling backwards.

Jeff Janas

The FDA’s Preventive Control Rule went into effect November 16, 2015, as part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

This new rule makes current Good Manufacturing Practices mandatory and establishes new standards for Hazard Analysis and Risk-based Preventive Controls for human food. Some companies will need to be in compliance as soon as September 19, 2016, and qualified facilities must already retain documentation to support their status.

Stephanie Metzinger

Last week, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) released its draft Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) regulations and announced that three public meetings will be held in March during which time the agency will receive public comment on the proposal. 

The meetings will take place between March 21st and 25th at the following locations:

Monday, March 21, 2016

VISALIA

4:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.

Jeff Janas

The FDA’s Produce Safety Rule goes into effect January 26. Most companies will have two years or less to become compliant with the new standards. Some companies will have as little as a year while others may need to maintain certain records to support their eligibility for modified requirements. 

Are you FSMA Ready? Whether you think you are or not, Western Growers urges members to register and participate in our upcoming Lunch and Learn Webinar on the Produce Safety Rule.   

Stephanie Metzinger

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