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News flash: Government website working - for now

11/13/2013 09:58:00 AM
Tom Karst

Tom KarstThe top produce story from around the web this morning may be the approaching deadline for food safety comments. Checking in at this morning, we find the site is up and running. And yes, that qualifies as a news flash considering the headlines the site has grabbed after many hours of downtime in the past week.

 Here is a summary of comments received:

 Produce safety rule, deadline Nov. 15:  Comments received 4,226

 It is obvious that the FDA is far behind in posting the public comments it receives on the website. While it says it has received thousands of comments, only a few hundred are currently posted.

 Preventive controls rule, deadline Nov. 15:  Comments received 2,428

 No sign yet of comments from industry heavyweights such was Western Growers, United Fresh and PMA.


Other FDA regulations have deadlines that aren’t quite as urgent:

Accreditation of Third-Party Auditors, deadline Jan. 27.  Comments received: 49

Foreign Supplier Verification, deadline Jan. 27  Comments received: 84


Also on this morning, a strong and unexpected voice of support for the Arctic apple from what appears to be an everyday parent.

From Rachel Holierhoek


I am in favor of the arctic apple. I look forward to purchasing and consuming this apple. I will feed it to my children. I will use it in fruit salad. I will finally be able to slice apples and put them in my kids’ lunches without them turning brown and being thrown out because of the browning. Please approve them!


Arctic apple developers must dream of a world when all consumers should be so straightforward, so simply convinced of the merits of the GMO non-browning apple.


Did you see that Prince Charles took a swipe at UK supermarkets recently?  

From the CNBC, Charles is quoted:

“Small farmers find themselves in the iniquitous position of taking the biggest risk, often acting as the buffer for the retailer and consumer against all the economic uncertainties of producing food, but receiving the least return,” he wrote on Wednesday.

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