On Friday, the FDA released a fact sheet and constituent update to remind produce stakeholders of the upcoming end of the intended enforcement discretion period for the harvest and post-harvest agricultural water requirements in theContinue Reading Jan. 26 is an important date for FDA agricultural water requirements
– COMMENTARY –“Like getting the rug pulled out from under us.” That’s how some farmers react when hearing about the FDA’s sudden and unexpected change in food safety requirements for the use of agricultural … Continue Reading FDA’s new proposed food-safety ag water rule no slam dunk
Monday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking to extend the compliance dates for the pre-harvest agricultural water provisions as outlined in the recent 2021 agricultural water proposed…Continue Reading FDA proposes another delay for pre-harvest agricultural water requirements
The public and industry had the opportunity this week to hear FDA representatives talk about a proposed rule regarding how to make water used in the growing of fresh produce safer.
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Despite the unprecedented challenges we’ve all faced during the COVID-19 pandemic, 2021 was another important year for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Foods Program.
I’d like to highlight some of the…
Continue Reading FDA’s 2021 strides: Thinking outside the box to strengthen prevention
HACCP: A systematic approach to the identification, evaluation, and control of food safety hazards.” – So says the FDA.
Although yesterday’s announcement (FDA Proposes Changes to Food Safety Modernization Act Rule to Enhance Safety
Proposed changes in an FDA rule for produce growers regarding food safety measures will change the face of public health even though it would eliminate some water testing requirements, according to the agency’s top food…
Continue Reading Proposed rule for produce irrigation water does not mandate pre-harvest testing
Recently a few media outlets reported on a study warning Americans about the dangers of consuming produce grown by small-scale farmers. Very quickly, however, the study was retracted because its authors failed…
Continue Reading Letter to the Editor: Small scale farmers are food safety practitioners
Ten years ago, on Jan. 4, 2011, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law and Congress’ mandate was clear: It’s not enough to respond to outbreaks of foodborne illness. We…
Continue Reading A decade later, FDA still working on congressional mandate known as FSMA
The FDA’s big news is that there is now an EPA-approved protocol for developing pathogen treatments for pre-harvest agricultural water. The agency’s nagging news is that its inspectors still can’t collect water or any other…
Continue Reading FDA has big hopes for outbreak research with new water protocols