Public Meeting on Draft Produce Safety Guidance
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is holding a public meeting to discuss, evaluate and gather input concerning the draft guidance created to help farmers meet the Produce Safety Rule requirements. The “Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption: Draft Guidance for Industry” provides information and examples designed to help farmers meet the new rule established by the Food Safety Modernization Act.
Stakeholder panels will discuss the various chapters of the draft guidance: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
Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and make public comments.
The meeting will be held November 29 from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Doubletree Suites by Hilton/Anaheim Resort Convention Center, 2085 South Harbor Boulevard, Anaheim, CA, 92802. Registration for the meeting is now open online. The deadline to request special accommodations due to a disability and/or to request to make public comments at the meeting is November 9. The registration deadline is November 16.
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.