However, the FDA information includes a reminder that the Food Safety Modernization Act requires the agency to conduct a rulemaking to “clarify the activities that are included as part of the definition of the term ‘facility’…”
That clarification has some in the fresh produce industry wondering who will be required to register.
Dave Gombas, senior vice president for food safety for the Washington D.C.-based United Fresh Produce Association, said recently more detail is needed from FDA.
“My sense is that there is still confusion as to who has to register, particularly in the produce world,” Gombas said. While everyone knows that a fresh-cut processor must register, he said there are gray areas about on-farm and commercial packinghouses. “There is still some confusion about who is exempt and who is not exempt,” he said.
The FDA’s online information states the clarification rule will be proposed as part of the rulemaking for the preventive controls regulation, as provided by the Food Safety Modernization Act.