The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced a public meeting to discuss “the proposed rules to establish standards for the growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of produce for human consumption (the produce safety proposed rule) and for current good manufacturing practice and hazard analysis and risk-based preventative controls for human food (the preventative controls proposed rule).” Under the Food Safety Modernization Act, the new produce safety rules would impose “science- and risk-based standards for the safe production and harvesting of fruits and vegetables,” while the preventative controls rule would require both foreign and domestic food manufacturers “to develop a formal plan for preventing their food products from causing foodborne illness.”
Slated for February 28, 2013, in Washington, D.C., the public meeting aims to solicit comments on the proposed measures and inform the public about the rulemaking process. FDA has asked interested parties to submit oral presentation requests by February 8 and to register in advance by February 20. The agency will continue to accept written and electronic comments until May 16, 2013. Additional details about the two proposed standards appear in Issue 466 of this Update. See Federal Register, January 31, 2013.