Beside the USDA, other agencies that have been consulted in produce safety rulemaking include the Environmental Protection Agency, Occupational and Safety Health Administration, Customs and Border Protection and the Fish and Wildlife Service. In addition, state agencies also are being consulted.
“There is a general sense that food safety trumps everything it is just a matter of tying it all together," Skelton said.
Skelton also said the FDA is pondering the issues of compliance and enforcement of the regulation, and how those goals will be built and implemented.
“Who would play a role in FDA enforcement; that piece we are working on now," she said. However, enforcement will only happen when a final rule is in effective.
"That's when the enforcement action would happen and that's still a ways off," she said.