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FDA’s Proposed Produce Safety Rules: Invitation to Comment and to Join Webinar

January 29, 2013

Following are two invitations concerning the FDA’s proposed produce safety rules:
First an invitation from the USDA AMS Fruit and Vegetable Program to comment on the proposed rules; and second an invitation to join a one hour webinar on Feb. 7th about the proposed produce safety rules.

Dear Produce Industry Member and other interested parties,
On January 16, 2013 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published in the Federal Register for public comment two proposed rules: one on Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption (LINK TO FED REGISTER http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-01-16/html/2013-00123.htm); and the other on Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food (LINK TO FED REGISTER http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-01-16/html/2013-00125.htm). These proposed rules are key components of the preventive approach to food safety established by the 2011 FDA Food Safety Modernization Act.
As a service to the produce industry we are distributing this link to FDA’s proposed rules for your information and review. This invitation to comment is being sent to you as a service only, as the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has no formal role in the development or implementation of the proposed rules for the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act.
The produce industry, other stakeholders and the general public are being asked to participate in the rule making process by reviewing the proposed rules and submitting comments to FDA or at the regulations.gov portal (http://www.regulations.gov) by the due date of May 16, 2013. Your substantive, specific comments with as much detail as you can provide as to what works for you and what doesn’t work (and why) will help guide our colleagues at FDA as they draft final rules on produce safety and preventive controls. The Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption and for Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food will become effective only after the final rules are published in the Federal Register along with established compliance dates.
Should you have questions about FDA’s proposed rules on Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption or Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food, or any other FDA-related issue, please contact our FDA colleagues at FSMA@fda.hhs.gov or Food and Drug Administration, 5100 Paint Branch Pkwy., Wiley Building, HFS-009, College Park, MD 20740, Attn: FSMA Outreach.
Thank you.
USDA AMS Fruit and Vegetable Program

FDA’s Proposed Produce Safety Rules
Feb. 7, 2013
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) invites you to take part in a free, interactive webinar on the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) proposed produce safety rules. While the USDA has no formal role in the development or implementation of the proposed rules for the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, the agency’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Fruit and Vegetable Program is hosting the webinar as a service to the produce industry.

Dr. Jim Gorny, Senior Advisor, Produce Safety, for FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition will deliver a presentation on two groundbreaking FDA proposed rules under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, or FSMA, with an emphasis on the proposed Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption. The proposed rules published in the Federal Register on Jan. 16, 2013 provide for a 120 day comment period.

Dr. Gorny’s formal presentations will be followed by a real-time, interactive question and answer session.

This informative session is part of AMS’s ongoing webinar series designed for fruit and vegetable growers, packers, shippers, processors, wholesalers, and retailers of all sizes. The webinar is free and available to anyone with Internet access. Registration is required and space is limited.  REGISTER HERE
To view previous USDA AMS Fruit and Vegetable Program webinars online, visit the Webinar Archive.
We’ll see you online! Register Today!

If you have any questions about our webinar series or USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service, please contact Christopher Purdy at (202) 720-3209 or christopher.purdy@ams.usda.gov.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Susan Frey permalink
    January 29, 2013 1:20 pm

    Reblogged this on Commercial Fruit and Nuts.

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