FDA to Hold Four Public Meetings to Discuss Draft Produce Safety Rule Guidance

FDA to Hold Four Public Meetings to Discuss Draft Produce Safety Rule Guidance

The meetings will be held in different regions of the country.

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October 31, 2018
Edited by QA Staff
Regulation

FDA will hold four one-day public meetings to discuss the recently published draft guidance on FSMA’s Produce Safety Rule.

The draft guidance, “Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption: Draft Guidance for Industry,” is a compliance and implementation guide that gives information and examples to demonstrate how farmers can meet the rule’s requirements in various ways. Established by FSMA, the rule requires that domestic and foreign farms use science and risk-based preventive measures to protect their fruits and vegetables from contamination.

The public meetings will be held in different regions of the country to provide information and facilitate comment so stakeholders can better evaluate and provide input on the draft guidance. The information presented will focus on the chapters of the draft guidance: general provisions; personnel qualifications and training; health and hygiene; biological soil amendments of animal origin; domesticated and wild animals; growing, harvesting, packing and holding activities on a farm; equipment, tools, buildings, and sanitation; records; and variances. Stakeholder panels will discuss various issues, and there will be opportunities for questions and open public comment.

 

The public meetings will be:

  1. Portland, Ore. November 27, 2018. 8:30 am – 5:00 pm at the Hilton Portland Downtown, 921 SW Sixth Ave., Portland, OR 97204. The closing date to make public comments at the meeting or request special accommodations due to a disability is November 9. Closing date for registration is November 16.
  2. Anaheim, Calif. November 29, 2018. 8:30 am – 5:00 pm at the Doubletree Suites by Hilton/Anaheim Resort Convention Center, 2085 S. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim, CA 92802. The closing date to make public comments at the meeting or request special accommodations due to a disability is November 9. Closing date for registration is November 16.
  3. Albany, N.Y. December 11, 2018. 8:30 am – 5:00 pm at the Hilton Albany, 40 Lodge St., Albany, NY 12207. The closing date to make public comments at the meeting or request special accommodations due to a disability is November 16. Closing date for registration is November 23.
  4. Atlanta, Ga. December 13, 2018. 8:30 am – 5:00 pm at the Embassy Suites Atlanta at Centennial Olympic Park, 267 Marietta St., Atlanta, Ga. 30313. The closing date to make public comments at the meeting or request special accommodations due to a disability is November 16. Closing date for registration is November 23.

 

Attendees are encouraged to register online to attend the meeting in person. For questions about registering for the meetings or to register by phone, contact Melissa Schroeder, SIDEM, 1775 Eye Street, NW, Suite 1150, Washington, DC 20006, 240-393-4496, Fax: 202-495-2901, email: EventSupport@Sidemgroup.com.  

For general questions about the meeting, or to request special accommodations due to a disability, contact Juanita Yates, FDA, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, 240-402-1731, e-mail: Juanita.Yates@fda.hhs.gov. For more information and to register for any of the meetings, visit the FDA Meeting Page.


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