On June 5, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue describing an innovative program in which the two agencies are cooperating on a food safety issue. Gottlieb wrote that the USDA's Specialty Crops Program within the Agricultural Marketing Service successfully collaborated with the FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition to align the USDA's Harmonized Good Agricultural Practices Audit Program with the minimum requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act's Produce Safety Rule. Both of these programs apply to fresh produce, and, according to industry sources, the harmonization is expected to give members of the produce industry a better framework to ensure that they meet federal safety standards and avoid outbreaks of illness.