The November 17th, 2014, the Vermont-NEASDA hosted listening session will focus on the following three supplemental rules:1. The Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce rule proposes enforceable safety standards for the production and harvesting of produce on farms. Changes include:
- More flexible criteria for determining the safety of agricultural water for certain uses and a tiered approach to water testing.
- A commitment to conduct extensive research on the safe use of raw manure in growing areas and complete a risk assessment. Pending those actions, FDA is deferring its decision on an appropriate time interval between the application of raw manure, the harvesting of a crop, and removing the nine-month interval originally proposed.
- The FDA proposes eliminating the 45-day minimum application interval for composted manure that meets proposed microbial standards and application requirements.
- Requirements that human and animal food facilities, when appropriate, test products and the food facility’s environment, as well as implement certain supplier controls.
- Proposed Supplemental Rule for Produce - http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/FSMA/ucm334114.htm
- Proposed Supplemental Rule for Current Good Manufacturing Practices - http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/FSMA/ucm334115.htm
- Proposed Supplemental Rule for Preventive Controls for Animal Food - http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/FSMA/ucm366510.htm
- Comment electronically at:
- Produce: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2014/09/29/2014-22447/standards-for-the-growing-harvesting-packing-and-holding-of-produce-for-human-consumption
- Human Food: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2014/09/29/2014-22446/current-good-manufacturing-practice-and-hazard-analysis-and-risk-based-preventive-controls-for-human
- Animal Feed: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2014/09/29/2014-22445/current-good-manufacturing-practice-and-hazard-analysis-and-risk-based-preventive-controls-for-food
- Written comments may be faxed to the FDA at 301-827-6870 or you may mail them to:
Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305)
Food and Drug Administration
5630 Fishers Lane, Room 1061
Rockville, MD 20852For more information about FSMA, visit http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/FSMA/ Or contact: Abbey Willard – [email protected] or 802-272-2885 Shelley Mehlenbacher – [email protected] or 802-828-2421