Georgia fruit and vegetable growers will have a chance to learn more about the Food and Drug Administration’s produce safety rule in a listening session March 20.

FDA plans food safety seminar in GeorgiaThe Georgia Department of Agriculture announced a live audience in Atlanta and two sites for a remote audience in Macon and Tifton, allowing participants to ask questions to FDA official. More information about the session and registration information is available online.

The agenda for the Atlanta meeting, scheduled from 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m., includes comments by Gary Black, Georgia’s agriculture commissioner. Others scheduled to speak include Zippy Duvall, president of the Georgia Farm Bureau, and Charles Hall, executive director of the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association and interim executive director of the Eastern Cantaloupe Growers Association.

Michael Doyle, director for the Center for Food Safety Department of Food Science & Technology at the University of Georgia, will join FDA officials Michael Taylor, deputy commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine, and Jim Gorny, senior advisor for produce safety, as presenters at the listening session.

The Atlanta meeting is at the Georgia Department of Agriculture headquarters, according to a news release, The broadcast in Macon is at the Macon State Farmers Market, and Tifton’s broadcast is at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center.