New Agricultural Water Treatment Protocols Released
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have been working on a new protocol for developing and registering treatments for water used on crops prior to harvest. Currently, there are no registered antimicrobial treatment products authorized for limiting microorganisms in agricultural fields, irrigation systems or ponds.
On July 30, the FDA announced a new protocol to reduce foodborne bacteria in agriculture water for pre-harvest. According to the statement, the FDA and EPA have developed a protocol that “may ultimately help famers address contamination issues in their water sources and protect consumers from foodborne illness.” The announcement also indicates the FDA plans to propose a new rule that would revise the Food Safety Modernization Act’s Produce Safety Rule agricultural water requirements.