As it did in the fall, FPAA expects to convene a group of importers in the spring to discuss the upcoming rule.
“We’ll go over the details with a fine-toothed comb and see if anything gives us pause, and we’ll prepare another set of comments,” Jungmeyer said.
“This year and next are crucial in terms of how the Food Safety Modernization Act comes together, and how the industry learns from and reacts to it,” he said.
“In some ways, it’s a sea change. These are also things growers are already doing, but sometimes having the FDA recognize what growers are already doing and saying that’s how it ought to be done are two different things.”