February 8, 2022

FDA Public Meetings on Proposed Changes to the Ag Water Requirements to be Held Soon

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is hosting two virtual public meetings on the recently released proposed rule “Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption Relating to Agricultural Water.” We encourage produce stakeholders to attend and voice their views. These public meetings are intended to facilitate and support the public’s evaluation and commenting process on the proposed rule.

Sonia Salas, Assistant Vice President of Science at Western Growers, will be a panelist for the discussions. Salas is responsible for leading and overseeing the development and implementation of diverse food safety efforts, policy development, outreach, education, and training programs for the fresh produce industry.

Registration is required to attend the virtual meetings. We’ve included meeting details and registration links below:

Meeting No. 1

Feb. 14, 2022

8:45 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. PT

Register here

Meeting No. 2

Feb. 25, 2022

5:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. PT

Register here

These proposed changes were announced on Dec. 2, 2021, and are open for comments until April 6, 2022. The full rule text is located in Docket Folder FDA-2021-N-0471.

Western Growers hosted a webinar to share experts’ perspectives on the Proposed Ag Water Requirements in late January. Click here to view the recording. Western Growers is also hosting an Industry Ag Water Working Group to facilitate the development of comments to the agency.

Please reach out to the Western Growers Science team if you have any questions or comments at [email protected].