The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday announced it will hold a public meeting to focus on the new Food Safety Modernization Act draft rules that were recently released. The meeting will take place February 28, 2013 from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm and March 1, 2013 8:30 am – 12:00 pm in the Jefferson Auditorium at the U.S. Department of Agriculture at 14th and Independence Avenue, SW, Wing 5 Entrance Washington, DC 20250. From the FDA: The agency is announcing a public meeting to discuss the proposed rules to establish standards for growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of
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An editorial by the Los Angeles Times, published over the weekend, called the new proposed food safety rules “overdue but worthy,” and argued for a mix of industry fees and Congressional funding to actually enforce the rules coming down the pipeline. “The regulations aren’t complete — a third set on imported food is still due — but it’s already clear that the associated expense, even though it’s a blip on the chart compared with the cost of contaminated food, faces adamant opposition,” read the paper. That opposition is the food industry’s stern belief that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
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According to produce industry experts, there are no real surprises in the lengthy proposed rule for produce safety, which has been widely hailed as a big step toward a preventive food safety system. For the most part, the proposal, which would for the first time mandate preventative practices across the industry, follows well known best practices and the best available science. What may surprise consumers, however, is that an estimated 79 percent of growers will be exempt from the rule once it’s finalized. There are estimated to be 190,111 domestic farms that grow produce (including 475 that grow sprouts),
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