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.

The session with the Food and Drug Administration officials included about 30 minutes for comments from the audience, which consisted of three-minutes each from industry spokespeople.

During one portion of the five-hour session a representative from the Center for Science in the Public Interest provided comments about public welfare issues concerning the proposed water safety rule. That portion of the session also included a presentation by a representative of
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Federal officials want input on one of the loose ends they left dangling when they published the new produce safety rule this past fall — the use of raw manure in fresh produce growing operations. Free-manure Pushback from industry led the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to hold off on including specific manure regulations in the produce safety rule, which was made public in November. The agency was under a federal court order to finish the rule by Halloween 2015, but FDA officials said they lacked adequate scientific data to nail down the “biological soil amendments” portion of the rule. “The
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