Thursday, October 23, 2014 by Lee Mannering
If you attended Fresh Summit last week in Anaheim, California, you may recall we offered a workshop session on the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) supplemental proposals to give industry an opportunity to discuss the supplements with U.S. Food and Drug Deputy Commissioner for U.S. Foods Mike Taylor and Director of Produce Safety Samir Assar.
If you couldn’t join us in Anaheim, you’ll soon have another opportunity to discuss the supplemental proposed rules. On Monday, November 3 at 12:30 p.m. Eastern, PMA is hosting a webinar where you’ll hear directly from FDA, be able to ask questions, and learn how you can positively affect change regarding these important FSMA rule proposals to ensure that when these regulations are finalized and implemented, they will best serve public health and food safety needs.
As PMA’s Chief Science and Technology Officer Dr. Bob Whitaker and Vice President of Food Safety and Technology Dr. Jim Gorny have noted: “These proposed FSMA rules will have profound business implications on every aspect of the global produce supply chain. PMA, in consultation with our industry members, will be developing thoughtful, real-world comments and recommendations to the FDA that will advance produce safety in ways that are practical and cost-effective for produce businesses to implement.”
To access additional PMA resources on these supplemental proposed rules, visit the PMA website.
In addition, FDA announced yesterday that it will hold a public meeting on November 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in College Park, Maryland, to solicit oral stakeholder and public comments on the new content of the supplemental proposed rules and inform the public about the rulemaking process (including how to submit comments, data, and other information to the rulemaking dockets). To register for this meeting, visit the FDA website.