The Packer’s National Editor Tom Karst chatted on Dec. 14 with Tom O’Brien, Washington, D.C., representative for the Newark, Del.-based Produce Marketing Association. Read the entire chat on the Fresh Talk blog.
4:07 p.m. Tom Karst: Food safety is looming larger and larger. What is your sense of the FDA produce safety regulation? What do you expect when that comes out?
O'Brien4:07 p.m. Tom O’Brien: I think it is important to remember that it is not just the produce rule. You are right, that is huge. There is the produce rule, and around the same time it comes out there will be a proposed rule on preventative controls and a proposed rule on imports. So it is going to be a busy first quarter and first half of the year.