More detailed questions about water requirements will be addressed and answered on PMA’s website, said Kathy Means, vice president of government relations.
Regarding a question about how traceability is addressed in the produce rule, Whitaker said the FDA is expected to issue a report on traceability pilot projects this summer that will guide them in developing additional record-keeping rules.
Regarding enforcement of the produce safety rule, Whitaker said it will take time for inspectors to gain knowledge of the industry.
“FDA is spending a lot of time and a lot of thought in working up the training program,” he said.
During a Q&A session about the food facilities rule, a question from the audience asked about where the definition of a farm ends and the food facility begins.
“If it is simply packing fruits or vegetables from their farm, then it should still be a farm,” O’Brien said.
On Jan. 24, FDA officials are scheduled to join Whitaker for two additional PMA Web seminars, featuring the FDA’s Samir Assar in a review of the produce safety rule and the agency’s Jenny Scott in a review of the preventive controls rule.