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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

Five start-up companies have been added to the roster of agtech leaders working out of the Western Growers Center for Innovation & Technology (WGCIT). These companies, in addition to the inaugural six residents in the WGCIT, will work both independently and collaboratively to create innovations that will help solve agriculture’s biggest challenges. They will also play an integral role in the development of several new programs and events hosted by the WGCIT, such as Tech Talks.

The five new WGCIT residents include the following:

Stephanie Metzinger

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

Western Growers is pleased to bring forward good news on the availability of key crop protection materials. Kerb SC Herbicide is now, once again, federally registered for use on leaf lettuce, and labels are available in both California and Arizona. 

“Western Growers has been working to make this use available for several years and we are extremely pleased that USEPA and the states have restored leaf lettuce to the Kerb label,” said Hank Giclas, Western Growers Senior Vice President, Science & Technology and Strategic Planning.

Western Growers invites you to attend the World Agri-Tech Investment Summit in San Francisco on March 16-17, 2016. The summit will bring together agribusiness leaders, agtech innovation drivers, venture capital investors and technology developers from around the world to discuss the future of agriculture and develop ideas to achieve transformational change in the industry.

Stephanie Metzinger

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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