December 21, 2021

FDA to Host Public Meetings on the Proposed Agricultural Water Requirements

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced they will be hosting two virtual public meetings to discuss the recently released revisions to Subpart E of the FDA’s Produce Safety Rule “Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption Relating to Agricultural Water.” Subpart E address agricultural water requirements for produce covered by the Rule.

The first meeting will be held:

Feb. 14, 2022

11:45 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. ET

The second meeting will be held:

Feb. 25, 2022

8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. ET

More details will follow in the Federal Register and on the FDA website.

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

Western Growers will be hosting a webinar soon to discuss the perspective of industry experts on the proposed requirements. Please watch your email for additional details.  

Western Growers also is organizing a working group to develop comments regarding the proposed ag water requirements. If you’re interested in joining the working group, please reach out to Sonia Salas at [email protected].