FDA data dump for the produce safety rules: highlights - The Packer

FDA data dump for the produce safety rules: highlights

01/06/2013 08:20:00 PM
Tom Karst

Produce Safety Standards: Entire proposed rule

Can you believe? 547 pages

Produce Safety Standards: Analysis of economic impact

Key takeaway: 388 pages!


Summary page: Preventive control standards

Also note:

Along with the proposed rule, FDA is announcing the availability of, and requesting comment on, a draft qualitative risk assessment, Draft Qualitative Risk Assessment of Risk of Activity/Food Combinations for Activities (Outside the Farm Definition) Conducted in a Facility Co-Located on a Farm (PDF: 660KB), designed to provide a science-based risk analysis of those on-farm activity/food combinations that would be considered not reasonably likely to introduce hazards that are reasonably likely to cause serious adverse health consequences. Interested persons may submit written comments regarding the draft risk assessment by visiting http://www.regulations.gov. 

Entire proposed rule: Preventive control standards

Comment: Roughly 700 pages long

Preventive control standards: Analysis of economic impact

Peer review of qualitative risk assessment for food facilities

Lest we forget: still more rules to come

    Foreign Supplier Verification for Importers: This program will require importers to verify that foreign suppliers are following procedures that provide the same level of health protection as that required of domestic food producers. About 15 percent of the food consumed in the U.S. is imported, including about 49 percent of fresh fruit and 21 percent of vegetables.
    Accredited Third Party Certification: The accreditation of third-party auditors would help ensure that food producers in other countries comply with U.S. food safety laws.
    Preventive Controls for Animal Food: This is the implementation of preventive controls at animal food facilities that are similar to those proposed for human food.






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PA  |  January, 07, 2013 at 07:21 AM

If produce hadn't had so many outbreaks in recent years I would feel for the produce industry. Because they haven't on their own, taken the inititive to ensure produce safety, Government had to step in. Now they reap the benefit of it. There is more to come. As growers, you should know, you reap what you so. You didn't want regulation, there wasn't any but lots of outbreaks so here is what you get. Like it or get out.

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