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April 7, 2016

ADA Hosts Meeting on April 12 to Garner Feedback on FSMA Enforcement

Western Growers members are invited to participate in a discussion with the Arizona Department of Agriculture (ADA) to help determine who will implement and enforce the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule in Arizona—the ADA or the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Implementation of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule will result in on farm inspections as required by this federal mandate. This could have a considerable effect on Western Growers members, as the inspections may result in audit fatigue.

On April 12, ADA Director Mark Killian would like to share the ADA staff’s thoughts on the issue and hear the thoughts of the produce industry. If the ADA decides to proceed with the implementation and enforcement of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule in Arizona, the ADA must submit a Letter of Intent to FDA by April 15, 2016.

All Western Growers members are encouraged to attend and voice their opinion.

Date: Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Time: 10:00 a.m. MST
Location: The Arizona Department of Agriculture
1688 W. Adams Street, Room 206
Phoenix, AZ 85007

For more information, please contact AnnaMarie Knorr at (602) 451-0658 or Sonia Salas at (949) 885-2251.