Produce Marketing Association food safety experts plan to join U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials Feb. 20 at a public meeting in College Park, Md., to discuss a rule proposal released by the regulator in December.
The rule – Focused Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food against Intentional Adulteration – would require food businesses in the U.S. and abroad with $10 million or more in sales to take steps to prevent FDA-registered food facilities from becoming the target of attempts to contaminate the food supply.
This proposal, released Dec. 24, may or may not apply to FDA-registered food facilities such as fresh-cut processors, packinghouses and distribution centers. It depends on enterprise size and types of activity.
Jim Gorny, PMA vice president of food safety and technology, said in a news release that he is working with members of the trade group’s Produce Safety, Science and Technology committee toward a March 31 comment deadline for FDA’s consideration in drafting the final regulation.
The Feb. 20 meeting is set for 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Harvey W. Wiley federal building, Wiley Auditorium.