The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced plans to prepare an environment impact statement (EIS) for a proposed rule that would establish standards for the growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of produce for human consumption. According to an August 16, 2013, FDA press release, the agency determined that an EIS was necessary based on public feedback and its own analysis, and will now begin a scoping process “designed to determine relevant issues that will influence the scope of the environmental analysis.” FDA will accept comments on the EIS scoping process until November 15, 2013. Additional details about the proposed produce standards appear in Issue 466 of this Update. See Federal Register, August 19, 2013.